2350: Blog reader Karma reports:
On the ground it’s all out for PR. We see people of all races helping PR candidate win the election. This is history. Pas is giving undivided support to ensure victory for PR candidate. Malays, Chinese and Indians are carrying flags in support of Manikumar. Seemingly, all races are seen united for a common cause. When asked a Malay shopkeeper he said, “Kita tak kisah Melayu, India atau Cina. Kita mahu keadilan untuk semua. MB kami orang baik. Calon PR pun orang baik.”
Looks like the independents are not getting much support. An Indian professional quipped in Malay, “Kacau punya orang. Kita mahu satu orang saja. Ini Mani (Manikumar) baik punya orang. Kita mahu dia dalam kerajaan.”
Unfortunately, BN candidate is not getting much support. Out of 10 people interviewed, eight were not happy with him winning the by-election. Neither are BN component parties aggressively campaiging for him. In contrast, PKR supporters are seen all out to ensure a big win for its candidate.
1743: Is it just me or are you all also experiencing slow Internet downloading speeds?
1738: Among the independent candidates, insurance agency owner T Chandrarajan appears to be the most visible in the poster war. He was also featured in an NST “online exclusive” interview. While I was in town, I noticed quite a few of his campaign workers plastering his posters with the aeroplane logo all over the place. But my contact tells me it is R Loganathan who commands a sizeable following among the independents.
The presence of these independent candidates has got the PKR campaigners a little worried about the votes being split. They are also worried that the BN will pull off a last-minute surprise to win votes. A few are speculating that several of the Hindraf detainees could be released soon.
PKR campaigners may have a few surprises up their sleeves as well. The Kugan custodial death issue could be highlighted in the campaign over the next few days.
1400: Back in Bukit Selambau again. It’s turning out to be a close contest here, according to a PKR ops centre chief. He says he expects a tough fight, with the PKR candidate possibly winning by a few hundred votes.
Although the rural voters appear to be leaning towards the PKR, the BN has been working hard on the ground to win back lost support. For example, an eye-witness told me Muhyiddin presented a mock cheque for RM350,000 to the Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (T) Sungai Tukang for renovation work, the funds said to be coming from the second stimulus plan. About 50 people – 10 parents, a few teachers and MIC members – were there to witness the handover. The MIC candidate and Education Department officials were also present.
From what I hear, Samy Vellu seems to be getting a mixed reception.
Meanwhile, Pas has been working hard for the PKR candidate. Apparently, they have been going house to house to canvass for votes.
A media source tells me the name “Datuk Ravi” keeps cropping up in conversations with PKR party workers as someone who has some influence in PKR decision making pertaining to Indian Malaysians. Remember that name.