Kuala Terengganu by-election is only two days away. Both sides have been cautious in predicting the outcome of the election, although Barisan Nasional with it election machinery and monies would be the favorite.
Chinese voters reported to be around 11 percent of the Kuala Terengganu voters seen as crucial in determine the outcome of the by-election. The various mainstream media reports, in particular this one suggested these voters already strongly in the BN camp.
Local MCA leader Patrik Yap said a large turnout does not necessarily reflect the true support for the opposition.
“I went to a (DAP) ceramah in the Chinese area and found that the first row of seats was actually occupied by journalists covering the event.
“At the back, the space was filled by MCA campaign workers who were there to monitor the situation,” he said, adding that the opposition parties should not therefore make a sweeping claim that the Chinese were supporting them.
Furthermore, he said, BN leaders had been meeting Chinese guilds and associations — such as the Kuala Terengganu Chinese Town Hall — which are highly influential among the Chinese community here.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak himself held a closed-door dialogue with guild leaders on Friday night while MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat and Gerakan president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon had also held similar meetings.
“We think that this is the best way to approach the Chinese voters as the community leaders would have the opportunity to voice out their problems and opinions.
“If the group is too big, there is not much communications taking place,” Dr Koh told Bernama.
But blogger Anil Netto who has been blogging from the ground zero since the last few days reports otherwise.
Meanwhile BN promises huge changes if they are given mandate, as though they are not already in power in Terengganu.
Najib said that when PAS ruled Terengganu from 1999 to 2004, not a single mosque was built but after the BN took over the state government two mosques were built in each state constituency.
Luckily, statistics never lies, but BN have lied so often that we’ve gotten used to it. Check the fact below:
The Star recently reports Terengganu MB Ahmad Said as saying that “claims that the Terengganu Government is rich but its people are poor are all lies”, that “poverty rate had been reduced from 89.9% since independence to only 13%”.
The curious thing is that by the BN government’s own figures, the poverty rate in Terengganu:
1995 — 23.4%
1999 — 14.9%
2002 — 10.7%
In other words, in the *four* years under the BN, from 1995-1999, the poverty rate fell by 36%, or an average of about 9% per year, while in the *three years* under PAS, it fell by 28%, or an average of just over 9% per year.
How did that Terengganu new MB attributed the reduction in poverty figure from 89.9 percent to 13 percent to only BN?