The BN was dealt a demoralising blow on the eve of the Bagan Pinang by-election after contradictory motions passed during the MCA’s extraordinary general meeting today threw the party into disarray and left it bereft of top leadership.

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Before today’s EGM, a couple of political scientists/analysts I know who visited Bagan Pinang last night got the impression that the BN had the edge. They observed that the Pakatan’s campaign was missing some of the earlier by-election “spirit” and felt that Isa would win comfortably.

That shouldn’t come as a surprise. Bagan Pinang has traditionally been a BN stronghold, and Isa Samad, as a local boy, enjoys conspicuous support – similar to what Anwar receives in Permatang Pauh. The Umno presence is noticeable, and much money would also have been splashed around. At one BN ceramah yesterday, close to a thousand supporters turned up – which is quite unusual for BN ceramahs! (The most recent large by-election BN ceramah I can think of was when Mahathir drew a crowd in Bukit Gantang.)

Also in the ruling coalition’s favour, the BN was probably not banking on the MCA making much headway among Chinese Malaysian voters in Bagan Pinang in any case – so today’s EGM proceedings are unlikely to have a major impact on the result.

The Kampung Buah Pala fallout may have eroded some of the support for the Pakatan among Indian Malaysians. To what extent, it is hard to tell. And for what it’s worth, the Malaysian Makkal Sakthi Party is supposed to be launched by Najib today.

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And then, there are the postal votes…

But at lunch-time today, a contact in Bagan Pinang reports that the campaign had become dirtier and senses that Pas will win: the party was looking good and sounding convincing and confident at its latest press conference.

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  1. And the joke of the century, “WE WANT CHANGE, WE WANT TRANSPARENCY”. But, but no, PR/DAP doesn’t have to release the exco minutes. Do you guys even remotely understand what you’re supporting?

    There are no exceptions, just cause you favour one above the rest, that doesn’t mean they should not be held accountable. You folks are defending the very concept you so wish to change.

    Stop accusing Anil of bias, prove Anil wrong, pressure DAP to release the exco minutes. As some have asked, what is so hard with that? That, my good Malaysians, is transparency, that, is change.

    We bitterly grumble about BN’s OSA, yet not only let the very party we depend on for change, we defend their right to withhold information from us (that in essence, is OSA). Such information should and must fall under public domain, that is what it’s all about.

    I honestly believe most of us are in the same boat, we genuinely want to make things better. However, we must not forget, we cannot sacrifice building a strict foundation of how representatives must be held accountable.

    Isn’t it ironic that the same people who blindly root for DAP are exactly mirrored by BN’s supporters who defend the draconian laws?

    I’m not saying the folks in DAP are evil, or they are underhanded, but the public has the right to know how decisions and actions were made/taken, this is a must, and this is what was expected when they were voted in. The core element to fight corruption, we choose not to implement, now how is that for the joke of the century?

  2. […] In some ways, victory was not unexpected. Perhaps the scale of the defeat surprised many. But more observant visitors noticed something amiss and predicted that Isa would win comfortably as noted in my post here. […]


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