Monday, August 25, 2008
Permatang Pauh: The Final Countdown
IT'S the final countdown. As the clock ticks away in Permatang Pauh to end the intense campaign, the bet is still Anwar Ibrahim will win the by-election. The weatherman has predicted thunderstorms tomorrow at the constituency but it is unlikely to affect the voting turnout. A big win for Anwar is likely although the Barisan Nasional is still talking about reducing the majority. There appears to be an air of confidence among the BN workers that this is possible. They believe there is a sizeable chunk of fence sitters among the Malay voters who would vote BN or stay away from voting. The fight is still for the Malay votes. But the fact remains that even if Anwar wins with a vote, it's still a victory. His victory would not change the equation in Parliament but the victory signals the return of Anwar into Parliament. A big margin would be a moral score.The sodomy issue continues to be used in the campaign with imams giving different interpretations - depending on their political leanings - on whether Saiful's swearing on the Quran was valid and in accordance with the religious process.