According to this spin by a national news agency – the Chinese community in Permatang Pauh eagerly await the arrival of “Peh Moh”, a Hokkien word for “the white-haired”, after hearing so much about the Seberang Jaya assemblyman, Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah. Quote:

Trader Kim Heng Theik, 53, said: “I got to know Arif Shah through friends in Seberang Jaya, who said he was a good man. If there are problems, they would go look for the YB”.

A government employee, Tan Liang Sim, 29, hoped that Arif Shah’s nomination as the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate in the Aug 26 Permatang Pauh by-election would provide the constituents an opportunity for a better life.

Arif Shah, 51, who won the Seberang Jaya state seat since the 2004 general election, is described as a people-friendly assemblyman and his ability to converse in Mandarin and Hokkien has made him closer to the Chinese community.

Najib reminds the Chinese in Permatang to vote for BN if they want funds for Chinese schools and the Indians – if they want to get scrap metal collector’s license.