Penang NGOs invite Permatang Pauh by-election candidates to public debate

The scene at Permatang Pauh this morning

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.

Spotted in Permatang Pauh this morning
Spotted in Permatang Pauh this morning

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.

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gk ong

BN do not have to debate with the opposition. The opposition are using foreign article without substantial evidence. The Chinese support for PKR & DAP will dwindle to 70% the most. In the Permatang Pauh by election Chinese support will be about 65%. BN will win by a majorities of 300 -500 votes. As for Kal Wan she is really not suitable which is why the Selangor … rather opt for Azmin. We can now see that Azmin and Kak Wan are sleeping in their job. Kak Wan will continue to sleep in Permatang Pauh if elected.


Why did PKR announce their candidate at the very last moment, 11.30 pm last night. This just like the Kajang move smack of nepotism

Awang Selamat Ori

BN will run away because they do no have the brains to participate in a debate. MCA? This sycophant is just nothing but more a … batu api. They cannot do anything and the Chinese voters will not support BN! You can be assured 90% of the Chinese votes will go to PKR! Just what had MCA and UMNO Baru done for the Chinese since 2013? Except insulting, intimidating and bullying them? And I will not VOTE BN because their dirty campaign had started using sms, as usual, their attacks against Kak Wan is more personal than anything. Questioning Kak… Read more »

gk ong

Hot topics for by election include GST, 1MDB and Wedding of the Century. Issues that BN is avoiding.

Tun Mahathir has hinted at corruption and theft of 1MDB’s funds, saying that money disappearing was “different from just losing”.

“Governments can lose money through bad investments. We would know where the money is lost. But when huge sums of money disappear, then those entrusted with its management must answer for the disappearance. Disappearance is about money lost which cannot be traced. This can be because of corruption or theft.”


Niao Kong is more interested in pouring more cement, whether in Penang Island or Permatang Pauh, Mainland. Win or lose, more cementing will happen. RSPCA is required to rid this cementing CAT from causing more environmental & socio-economic problems in the pursuit of adverse social engineering. Last night, I went for a walk in heritage zone of George Town. The place looked more ghostly due to few local residents who actually lived there. Except for the lively Little India, the rest looks like zombie zone. High class thematic restaurants & cafes have replaced the usual street hawkers or kopitiams. There… Read more »

ajith v

Mahathir has confirmed that Ahmad Maslan lacks intelligence. Ismail Sabri tried bribing method.Why should we support Umno when such funny and useless characters are around, besides Zahid Hamidi and Sharizat?


BN is always afraid of open debate.