Photos by Anil Netto
These are scenes of Nizar at Penanti on Nomination Day and of a ceramah last night at the main Pas operations centre, as polling day approaches tomorrow. “Postal balloting” involving police personnel has already taken place.
In the PKR campaign, national issues have taken centre-stage, especially the Perak power grab and Najib’s role in it as well as his – apa nama – ‘political baggage’. Perak State Assembly member Chang Lih Kang impressed the mainly Malay crowd last night with religious verses and a little pantun:
Pagar makan padi
Adun lompat parti
The PKR candidate, Mansor Othman, has tried to steer his campaign to local issues. He has highlighted his role a decade ago in kick-starting the Tekun micro-credit programme, which was later taken over by the federal government. Mansor claimed in the ceramah last night that after it was taken over by the federal government, local Umno leaders had a big say in determining whether loan applications were successful.
He also said that he would work hard to ensure comfortable, affordable housing with adequate space for larger families and provide support for small traders.
Meanwhile, the police presence is again visible with two large canopy sites set up near Bukit Mertajam and Penanti, according to a local resident.