Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Permatang Pauh By-Election Will Be 'Costly', Says Syed Hamid. Not If Govt Stops Giving Mega Bribes

The by-election in Permatang Pauh, which will see PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim contesting, will be a "costly affair".

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'.

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Blogger kittykat46 said...

Yes, yes, the last by-election in the country was Ijok, which broke the record books for the massive amount of money spent to win the elections.

This time the stakes are much, much higher. But I'm not sure how far BN intends to go, given that it has virtually no chance to win in Permatang Pauh against Anwar on his home ground.

3:32 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous mbek said...

of course every election is costly.RM10,00 to contest for Parliament seat and that's not cheap ya know.

mega bribes?

PKR also have tonnes of money in their save.we should fear as well if they implement the "mega bribe" and not just the UMNO/BN side.

4:16 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous boldblack said...

Government won't be so stupid to give any bribes for the time being since the ACA is much well doing their reponsibilites; the PR might as well give bribes to the public itself with false promises and money for their support and polls contribution.

4:21 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course it would be much more costlier than that Ijok by-election for BN. But then why worry, there is so much ill-gotten money for UMNO to splash out.

4:27 PM GMT+8  
Blogger Crankshaft said...

This British guy, David Davis resigned "out of principle" and then contested in the same by-election, with a bunch of kooks joining him.

7:29 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous mooo said...

Kalau tak dijaga nanti macam2 masalah boleh jadi. Bukan tak tahu perangai pencacai2 Anwar ni, disebabkan taksub otak mereka macam hilang. Macam kes yang orang PKR pukul wartawan perempuan tu. Tu je yang pencacai2 Anwar tahu buat, tunjuk ganas..

2:38 AM GMT+8  

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