Tuesday, January 06, 2009

KT: 30,000 for BN...15,000 for PR - how many came because they were paid?

Kuala Trengganu By-Elections - it will be a 3-cornered fight.

It will be a three-cornered fight for the Kuala Terengganu parliamentary seat with three candidates having filed their papers on nomination day on Tuesday.

They are Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh, PAS candidate Abdul Mohd Wahid Endut and independent Azharudin Mamat alias Adam, a 46-year-old businessman.

Ballots will be cast on Jan 17. - Star Online, 6/1/2009 - By-election: Three-cornered fight (Update 5)

And, there were tens of thousands of supporters who were there for the nominations. Were they poid to attend - especially the supporters for the BN candidate (something that many believe to be the practice for a long time...No money - no support...)

With regard to PAS, DAP, PRM ....and the other opposition parties, they come freely to support the candidate during nominations - and also do work freely during the campaign period.

But maybe not for PKR, especially those who were ex-UMNO (or ex-other BN parties...), who unfortunately brought the bad culture of "no pay...no support...no work..." to that party. To be fair, this was what I observed in the elections before GE2008 - maybe things have changed now...mmmm

A police spokesman said about 30,000 Barisan Nasional supporters and 15,000 PAS supporters had gathered to begin their march to the nomination centre.

There are 80,229 voters in the constituency, of whom 2,036 are postal voters. - Star Online, 6/1/2009 - By-election: Three-cornered fight (Update 5)

I wonder how many of thosewho go down to KT are really there to work and help campaign - and how many are merely 'election tourists' ?

I hope those that are in State Excos and the Cabinet, and the MPs/ADUNs/Local Councilors/etc do not waste too much of their time in KT but do carry on their already existing work and responsibilities.

6 comments:

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granddaddy said...

"But maybe not for PKR, especially those who were ex-UMNO (or ex-other BN parties...), who unfortunately brought the bad culture of "no pay...no support...no work..." to that party. To be fair, this was what I observed in the elections before GE2008 - maybe things have changed now...mmmm"

Charles, are you being fair in making a sweeping statement like that. How many cases have you observed? Document those cases only but don't extrapolate it to smear the whole party.

I expect better from you.

pywong

Anonymous said...

The numbers were skewed.

Actually there were 40,000 PR supporters, and 5,000 BN supporters.

Please check facts at MalaysiaToday

Charles Hector said...

py wong,

I write from my personal experience in past elections (i.e. before GE2008).

In one elections, 2 PKR leaders on the day before elections threatened to withdraw their members who had been appointed as polling agents, counting agents, drivers, etc unless they get 'paid' then and there... (Mind you that was many years ago, but I wonder whether that culture still exists today in PKR).

Let it be known that there were others in PKR who were committed to the cause - and will work hard irrespective of whether they get allowances, food, drink, etc...


Let us hope that the bad practices and behavior of old is no more.

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chong said...

it's just a by-election but the no. of polis sent there is really ridiculous.

hope PR can prevent/stop as many phatom vote as possible.