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Lonely Wan Azizah Walks Alone To Retain Permatang Pauh

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PERMATANG PAUH: Listening to the Bee Gees’ Lonely Days Lonely Nights over the radio while taking a slow drive along the kampung road in Permatang Pauh, one cannot forget the sight of Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Ismail speaking to around 30 people in her daily walk to win back the hearts and minds of voters.

The song could best describe her in her position at present, campaigning alone minus the presence of Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders such DAP big guns Lim Kit Siang or Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng or PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang or deputy president Mohamad Sabu.

As Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president, Wan Azizah also was not accompanied by her deputy who is Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali.

Most times she is only accompanied by her party local leaders who add numbers to her entourage in the meet-the-people sessions.

Past three days and nights after nomination on Saturday, Wan Azizah who is also Kajang assemblyman in Selangor and who is making a second attempt to retain her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s Permatang Pauh parliament seat, seemed to be alone in the rough political campaign trail despite supported verbally and strongly by DAP and PAS.

The Bee Gees song seems to blend right through her for those who view her from the human side as she tirelessly went round seeking sympathy and begging to give her a chance to replace her husband for the next three years until the general election.

One thing for sure is that she now feels the heat against her and her party with the withdrawal of PAS youth from the campaign trail – when the usual big ceramahs with speakers from all over the country and from other PR leaders do not seemed to exist any more.

This has been changed to small groups ceramahs and social events as the big guns, besides Wan Azizah herself, are not around to accompany her in her rounds.

Probably due to the wet weather where it rains in the evening and drizzles in the nights, gathering huge crowd under such circumstances is near impossible unless the PAS youth election machinery is around.

The PAS youth election machinery has been providing such services for the opposition pact with their wide network with the kampong people which PKR has not got to emulate.

The DAP is good in their respective areas – the Chinese areas – where the Chinese-based party can gather few hundred in just a few hours.

Wan Azizah is indeed alone in the rough road to retain Permatang Pauh and and voters do not seemed to take the issues she raised seriously unless spoken by male PR leaders.

Unlike Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Suhaimi Shahbudin who makes his round with minimum 20 to 30 people in the entourage including federal ministers at times, Wan Azizah seems to be ‘buried’ under the rough surface of the campaign trail.

Permatang Pauh is a rough political ground for both sides of the political divide given its geographical location which is sandwich between a growing economic Butterworth and developing Kepala Batas parliamentary constituencies.

The kampongs are still underdeveloped while the borders to Butterworth are fast developing into new township such as the Bandar Sunway in Seberang jaya.

BN goes in as underdog begging for the 71,800-odd voters to TASTE ME FIRST with promises of development for the next three years before the next general election while PKR begs for sympathy to continue Anwar’s legacy.-MYNEWSHUB.CC

In the scramble for votes to push their respective agenda, Wan Azizah walks alone, day and night, hoping for voters to understand her plight.

Truly to the Bee Gees’ song Lonely Days and Lonely Nights, for Wan Azizah, it will be that way for the next nine days and nights till 7 May when the voters will decide whether they are with her or truly leave her alone.

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