(Machap) Final ‘push’ April 12, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, Malaysia, Politics.
Final night of campaigning in Machap, where the last ceramah was held on Wednesday at Melaka Pindah before the clock struck 12 and all campaigning must cease.
Anwar Ibrahim, was without doubt the star of Machap last night, despite the fact that the deputy Prime Minister was also in town, with his outriders and an entourage of humongous tank-like global-warming-causing SUVs circling a rather peculiar grape-and-floral roundabout.
The street of Chinese-predominant Machap Baru overflowed with people during Anwar’s speech. When it was over, instead of just the usual “Reformasi” shouts, the locals took to chanting, “Anwar, Anwar, Anwar…”. Many were taken aback, including a rather excited political analyst who was there observing the by-election.
“I’ve never heard this before … no one would have chanting for Ling Liong Sik or Ong Ka Ting in this kind of community or environment.”
I think he told me this like five times throughout the night. With analysis too.
Anwar had challenged those at Machap Baru to listen to him in Kampung Melaka Pindah, which comprised of a mainly Malay Muslim audience, to check if he would speak differently about abolishing the NEP, about Subashini etc. and their rights to be heard in the civil courts and many other issues.
Some did take up his dare, and true enough, the messages at both places were consistent. At Melaka Pindah, he was even more forward; asking the listeners to step up as Muslims and ensure that Subashini and such cases receive justice and redress, and for them to look for a different type of NEP i.e. a ‘New Economic Agenda’ where the poor from all communities have access to assistance from the government.
By the time you read this, the voters (and phantom voters) of Machap would have begun driving and treading on freshly-tarred road, on their way to cast their ballots.
May good sense prevail among the denizens and may there be less phantom voters this time round.
Best of luck, DAP!
(Thanks to Tunasing for the brilliant driving and JerryWho for the company. Sorry DAP, we wolfed down the chocolate-chip cookies and butter cake we brought down for you guys – we’ll replace it in Ijok!)