Permatang Pauh By-Election Will Be 'Costly', Says Syed Hamid. Not If Govt Stops Giving Mega Bribes
Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said there were both "direct and indirect" costs involved in ensuring that the whole democratic process was run efficiently and peacefully.
"The by-election is too soon after the general election in March. If (former MP) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had said earlier that she was giving way to Anwar, then the voters may have decided differently then.
"People don't usually see the indirect costs. More policemen will need to be deployed to Permatang Pauh to ensure that the whole process is conducted smoothly and peacefully, and to ensure there is no untoward incident.
"This whole operation costs extra money," he told reporters Tuesday after the ministry's monthly assembly here.
He however declined to give the number of personnel expected to be deployed for the by-election or the cost involved. "The size of the force will depend on the excitement and emotion on the ground," he said.
On suggestions by various Umno members and PAS for Barisan Nasional not to run against Anwar, Syed Hamid said this was for the coalition leadership to decide. (You can read the full story HERE)
***** What is Syed Hamid whining about? So Dr Wan Azizah resigned. If some MP had died, a by-election would have to be held too. It is the right of a Member of Parliament to resign whenever he or she wishes to.
What has got good old Syed Hamid's goat is that Umno has diddly squat of a chance of triumphing over DSAI. That's all. All that talk about 'costs' is merely window dressing and a sandiwara ala Umno.
But do you think that while appearing sooo concerned about the costs, Syed Hamid will at least urge the ruling party to stop giving bribes? For all you know he might be right there in the front of the queue distributing largesse and overseeing the handling and distribution of 'development projects'.