A group of prominent Penang-based NGOs is formally inviting the BN and Pakatan candidates contesting in the Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election to a public debate on key national issues affecting the people.
The debate scheduled for the night of 4 May is expected to cover issues such as GST, the Sedition Act, Pota, other oppressive laws, and how to deal with rising ethnic and religious intolerance.
There are now two more candidates in the frame: besides Wan Azizah and the BN’s Suhaimi Sabudin, we have PRM’s Azman Shah Othman (a businessman) and independent candidate Salleh Isahak.
Malaysiakini claims Salleh is an Umno member (aligned to Najib or Mahathir or neither?).
And Penang PRM says that they haven’t endorsed the PRM candidate and alleges that BN moles are behind the putting up of a ‘PRM candidate’ to split the vote.
These look like old by-election tricks/tactics. Boring.
Meanwhile, the MCA is expressing “shock” over a news report that PKR has allegedly apologised to Pas over hudud. But the news report merely quotes a Permatang Pauh Pas division committee member saying Azmin had apologised to Permatang Pauh over some misunderstanding over the “technicality” of hudud.