Seberang Jaya Assemblyman Datuk Ariff Shah Omar Shah has been named as BN candidate for the Permatang Pauh by-election on Aug 26.

DPM Najib Razak when asked whether Ariff Shah’s nomination would swing Chinese votes to BN, he said:

“I am hoping to swing all votes”.

He was also confident that all BN components would work together to ensure the coalition’s success.

“We are not looking at it from the aspect of election but we need to look at it in the aspect of BN’s strength in the long run,” he said

BN and Parti Keadilan Rakyat campaign have turned the Permatang Pauh by-election into a battle of personalities between the two candidates fielded by the two parties.

Instead, the campaigners are harping on issues pertaining not only on past contributions of the two candidates, but their ability to serve the people and the scandals.

The BN is gunning for PKR advisor Anwar Ibrahim. The party seems to be going all out to remove the former Deputy Prime Minister from Malaysian politics once and for all. BN leaders are persuading the voters to see 61-year-old Anwar as a tired old man no longer capable of serving the people.

They claims that Anwar is only around during the by-elections but once he is elected he will never be seen a again and it would be pointless to elect somebody whom upon being elected only attends the swearing in ceremony.

(Member of Parliament should not betray the trust given to them. They should play their role in overcoming the problems faced by the people they represent.)

But many feel that no matter how much the BN attempts to discredit Anwar, the people of Permatang Pauh will still vote for him. The Permatang Pauh people are known to be Anwar’s diehard supporters.

There is concern among some BN grassroots leaders that the people may again vote in Anwar. The Permatang Pauh voters may ignore the fact that the Anwar is smilling and plotting man of the year and will vote for him simply.

On the other hand, some believe that Anwar’s diehard supporters would vote for him even if he contested under DAP.

According to some BN leaders even if Anwar wins, it is not because of PKR growing support in
the state but because of the personal influence of the former Deputy Prime Minister.

But, voters in Permatang Pauh should understand that they would continue to receive development benefits if they chose the BN candidate. To ensure that poverty would be eradicated and development in general would be carried out in their area, they have no choice.

They should realise that electing a representative from the opposition would not benefit them.