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The Final Countdown–PAS Seems To Fail To Make A Strong Comeback

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PAS launches its final assault last night at Kampung Benting in Pangkalan Kubor Town with a crowd of some 1,500, which even created a long and massive jam just after the town.

Trailing behind Barisan Nasional (BN) and determined to catch up the lost time and ground when the party ‘took leave’ for five nights from the campaign, last night’s event, the biggest ever in the campaign trail that started on Sept 13, did not seem to scare the BN in any way.

The notices put up was last night grand final assault was to be attended by party president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, Partin Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang but none was present.

And the many ceramahs held along the roadside to Pengkalan Kubor held by the party last night saw the crowd thinning rather than building up as voters seem to be taking the campaign trail lightly.

BN did organize a few small ceramahs too last night with speakers from local Umno leaders rather than go on a head-on with PAS ceramahs and the crowd was also thin.

The scene last night was not that of a fast and furious campaign fight but rather slow and boring with locals seen mostly at roadside stalls and restaurants talking among themselves drinking the tarik.

Obviously the final count tonight is also expected to be slower as both sides of the political divide made their final push on house-to-house visits rather than the fiery speeches on stage.

While BN closes the curtain tonight with small talks and house visits, PAS is holding a big Solat Hajat (special prayer) at 4am tomorrow morning at Pantai Geting.

The end is near and finishing by 12 midnight tonight and both sides of the political divide are throwing in the towel and leave it to the 24,079 voters to decide tomorrow which party they want.

The reading by local analysts, observers and politicians of both sides is that BN still leads but by just slightly above 1,000 votes with PAS second and the Independent candidate losing his deposit.

These local analysts, observers and politicians admitted that BN is on a winning streak after Teluk Intan parliamentary seat by election three months ago and the winning streak would continue in every other by-elections to come.

“It is not luck but what we are seeing is the change of minds of the voters following the trouble within Pakatan Rakyat (PR) parties on the Selangor Menteri Besar saga.

“The Kajang Move has affected voters’ mind on PR’s political pact and future path,” one of the local analyst said.MYNEWSHUB

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