Two more days to polling. I believe the voters in Permatang Pasir are ready. The announcement of Lunas assemblyman to quit PKR did not have any impact on the minds of the voters. To them, it was just another political gimmick although BN chief Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said the decision had nothing to do with Umno or Barisan Nasional.
However, after several by-elections, I notice a trend among the TV stations and mainstream newspapers to play their old, silly game again and again. Be careful... you people were part to be blame for the series of BN defeats in previous by-elections.
I attributed most of the defeats to the way heads of pro-government TV stations and newspapers strategised their propaganda in helping out the ruling party. However, instead of such help, they 'helped' the Opposition to win instead.
Hey... I was with the media for a long time. I know how they work and manipulate events. General elections and by-elections are of no exception. They wanted the BN to win (and so do I) but their 'belittling' approach eventually gave them no result.
In Permatang Pasir, the people are blased at how TV3 and RTM launch an offensive against Pas and Pakatan Rakyat.
"Ceghita lama, bang. Kami dah naik meluat dengan cara depa. Kami pun sokong BN jugak tapi cagha TV3, RTM dan akhbaq macam NST, Berita Harian dan Utusan hentam pembangkang, tak patut la. Lar ni bulan posa. Biaq la kita buat cagha elok, bersih. Ni pun boleh buat pengundi jadi kasian kat depa (pembangkang). Btoi la pembangkang pun dua kali lima tapi depan tadak stesen TV..."
Well... the campaign goes on amid Ramadhan entering its second day. I dont anything to add to this posting but as usual, I would like to give a reminder - a few BN speakers are not fit for the campaigning.
I was the bureau chief of a newspaper during the 90s and I stayed somewhere here, in Permatang Pasir. Before Pas took control of the constituent in the last four general elections, it has always been an Umno stronghold.
But something changed the mindset of the people here. You may ask this question to BN Aduns who used to serve the constituent - pasai apa depa berubah?