Turn Your Eyes on Kuala Trengganu


January 17 is the next important date for Malaysians.  The Kuala Trengganu (KT) by-election has turned out to be another mother of by-elections so to speak.  The Parliamentary seat is now up for grabs and PAS has Abdul Wahid Endut against Umno’s Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh.

However, in light of the bigger picture, it is Pakatan Rakyat‘s advisor Anwar Ibrahim verses Barisan Nasional‘s Deputy President and Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak.  This is a classic clash of the giants and much is at stake.  It is a Parliamentary seat as well as a moral victory for whichever party that wins it.  It may herald a new watershed of events and become a growing force of disenchantment against the Government or it can become a major stumbling block to a vision of replacing the Government.

Either way, this by-election has all the makings of a historic event.

January 5 is the beginning of the campaigning period.  We can be assured of a mighty clash of the titans.  BN will not want to lose anymore ground.  PR will want the momentum of change to continue.  Everyone who needs to be there will be there just as in the Pematang Pauh clash last August.

But will this be a repeat of Pematang Pauh?  Will the in-fighting within Umno rear its ugly head again?  Will the smooth and suave campaigning of PR work amongst the three parties – PAS, PKR and DAP?  Will the bag of tricks with Saiful or Ezam be rehashed in KT?  Will the hudud issue be flogged to death here?

As Malaysian politics goes, we can be assured of a top notch fight of the decade between the masterminds of Najib and Anwar.  The issues will go beyond the local KT items to the national interest of governance or the lack of it depending whose views you may adhere to.

Word has it that Umno Sabah is preparing to send a contingent of MPs to KT in support of Umno’s challenge.  However, it is highly unlikely for Sarawak to do the same as there is no Umno there.  We didn’t hear Sarawak participating in Pematang Pauh but will Sarawak leaders make their presence here?

Given the importance of this by-election, we can also be sure that the big wigs of Umno, MCA, MIC and Gerakan will be there, each to woo their respective communities to fight to retain this seat.

So will they from PAS, PKR and DAP.  From the success of Pematang Pauh where the Opposition won grandly, there is every incentive to ride the wave of the growing voters dissent against the establishment.

Interestingly, we will not hear the last of hudud and that issue will be matched with national issues of the ISA, the economy and inflation.  Blogsphere support will be there.  In fact, RPK has announced today that he will not miss it and will campaign for PAS.  The colors of the heat of action has just begun and it will definitely be one where personalities will be flaunted against each other.

Watch this by-election closely.  Some say that it’s a close match with Umno winning.  Others are betting on PAS to win the day.  Anomalies are surfacing on the electoral roll.  Police has made their presence felt.  Malaysians are certainly more knowledgeable now than ever before and March 12 was no flash in the pan.  Malaysians are a mature lot now especially when it comes to politics.

Be assured, the Internet and SMS will continue to play a major role as demonstrated in the Pematang Pauh by-election.  No matter what the Main Stream Media says, the alternate channel is here to stay, even for KT.

Let the campaign begin and may the best man and party win in the most decent and deserving way!


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One Comment to “Turn Your Eyes on Kuala Trengganu”

  1. hopefully Pas candidate will win
    This will go a long way to show d peoples discontent for the ruling party.we need change,change must come from d people

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