So it’s going to be a straight contest between BN’s Mohd Isa Samad and Zulkefly Mohd Omar of Pas, after the independent candidate failed to find a local seconder.
Malaysiakini reports that the BN and Pakatan crowds were about equally matched, with the BN side thinning out towards the end.
But one eye-witness claims the Pakatan side outnumbered the BN supporters by about five to ten times during a wet morning in Bagan Pinang. The FRU and police kept both sides apart while choppers hovered overhead as usual.
“It must have been demoralising for the BN side.”
A timid group of “Makkal Sakthi supporters” (in BN colours) tried to wade through the Pakatan crowd to get to the BN side but Pas Youth members forced them back amidst much heckling and shouting.
Judging by the respective turnouts, which would give Pakatan the edge, in the end, much would depend on the “postal voters” – and of course the money being spashed around.
If you were there, perhaps you could share your impressions of nomination day in the comments below or tell us what you think of the by-election as a whole.