PERMATANG PAUH: â€˜GET THE TASTEâ€™, that is Barisan Nasional (BN) catchword to woo voters in the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat by-election which officially began Saturday.
A day after nominations yesterday, BN and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) have already lined-up not less than 10 events daily to fight their cause.
BN, going as underdog, has coined a phrase that it expect the voters can open up to them â€“ GET THE TASTE â€“ a catchword telling the voters that try out BN for just the next three years before the next general election.
GET THE TASTE â€“ according to MP for Kepala Batas Datuk Seri Reezal Merican, the catchword is for voters to â€œtry out BNâ€™s representation for the next three years, make comparison to the last 23 years and then think who to vote in the next general election.â€
BN goes in with confident of winning amidst analysts and observers prediction that PKRâ€™s Datuk Seri Wan azizah Ismail will retain the seat for her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Issues are aplenty for both sides of the political divide in the campaign trail that will last till 6 May and polling on 7 May but since yesterday and today, both sides are busy and moving fast to introduce their respective candidates to the 71,890 voters in an area about 100-sq km.
Goods and Services Tax (GST) seems to be the number one issue with PKR, aided by its Pakatan Rakyat (PR) partners DAP and PAS, are highlighting with 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and corruption following under the long list.
The sub-urban voters, 70 percent Malays, 20 percent Chinese, Indians five percent and others five percent seem contented with the festival-like campaign style of both sides of the political divide as they played along with the campaigners and speakers in their daily events â€“ high-tea in the afternoon by PKR leaders and nightly ceramahs by both sides of the warring parties.
Reezal when met said BN would go on telling the voters to just â€˜taste our representation for just three years before the next general election and make their minds during the next general election.â€
â€œOf course, we have to defend ourselves from all issues PKR raised like GST along the way and other non-issues that the opposition created and make them as issues.
â€œBut our thrust is on development and the daily bread and butter issues of the people which we specifically put forward â€“ taste first la.
â€œGive us a chance to prove ourselves, just three years and then review in the next general election,â€ he said.
Admittedly, Reezal said as underdog, BN knew where it stood and how to play its role in the campaign trail.
â€œWe are humble and we beg â€“ we want voters to know we want to serve for their good and for them to share the benefits of the countryâ€™s economy,â€ he said.
Reezalâ€™s mind is shared by Wanita Umno chief Datuk Sharizat Abdul Jalil, who had said yesterday that â€˜time stopped in Permatang Pauh in 1999 when Wan Azizah contested to replace her husband where development ceased.â€™
Meanwhile, PKR goes around with confident too, that Wan Azizah would retain the seat with higher majority given the change of political environment and landscape do not change the votersâ€™ loyalty.
PKR vice-president Shamsul Iskandar said he was confident that Wan Azizah who carries Anwarâ€™s image would touch the hearts and minds of voters regardless of age and race.
In between the confidence of both sides of the political divide, Permatang Pauh PAS has yet to go on full campaign as its sour relationship with DAP and PKR over Hudud has yet to settle down despite assurances by leaders in the opposition pact that they had agree to disagree on the matter.-MYNEWSHUB.CC