Saturday, April 17, 2010
Its a four-cornered fight
They said about 50,000 party supporters descended the small town of Kuala Kubu Baru this morning on the nomination day for the Hulu Selangor parliamentary by-election. Could be. I didnt manage to find my way into the the town as I got stuck more than two hours in a 3km crawl.
It was only two hours later that I got to the Media Centre next to the Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan Tamil and gathered some information.
Its gonna be a four-cornered fight for the seat - BN's P Kamalanathan, Zaid Ibrahim of Pakatan Rakyat and two Independent candidates namely V S Chandran and Johan Mohd Diah.
No untoward incidents were recorded by the police although the BN supporters were overwhelmed by that of the Opposition. The list of candidates was announced by Returning Officer Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan, who is also the Hulu Selangor district officer, at the Hulu Selangor Sports Complex Multipurpose Hall in Kuala Kubu Baharu at 11.15am
Zaid was the first to hand in his papers, at 9.06am, followed by Kamalanathan at 9.30am, Chandran four minutes later and Johan at 9.36am.
The by-election is called following the death of incumbent MP Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad of PKR.
In the March 2008 general election, Dr Zainal defeated BN's Datuk G. Palanivel, who is now the MIC deputy president, with a majority of 198 votes.
The Hulu Selangor constituency, which has 64,500 voters including 799 postal voters and as huge as the size of Melaka, has three state constituencies namely Hulu Bernam, Kuala Kubu Baru and Batang Kali, all of which are BN-controlled areas.
Campaigning starts today and will end at 12 midnight on the eve of polling on Sunday, April 25.