With the whistle to start election campaign due to be blown on the Nomination day on Mar 29th it come as a surprise to Mafrel observers that there are already dense banners, posters and operation centres around the 3 state constituencies constituting Bukit Gantang! I was travelling with Syed Ibrahim this afternoon to Bukit Gantang to survey the hot campaign site -and found the campaign mode to be much more advanced than we thought-or what the media, main and side stream ones, has been telling the public/readers!
The most eye-catching part of the campaign paraphernalia must be the banners with cartoons which are targetting themes for this election-featuring the PM-in-waiting Najib, and also the defected Assemblypersons in Perak.
The campaign material are quite balanced between the UMNO/BN side and the PAS side. Few PKR or DAP banners are visible in this mainly Malays (88%)Parliamentary constituency.
We were only travelling along the main roads cutting through Bukit Gantang, bisecting Changkat Jerling(won by PKR), Kuala Sepetang (won by PKR) and Trong (won by BN). There should be more banners and posters inside the kampongs extending from the main roads.
There are also activities already organised here eg BN’s campaign launching by Muhyiddin Yassin tomorrow, at a Community Hall, and a PAS ceramah a few days later.
Without any media catching wind of it the campaign for Bukit Gantang had gone into full swing-testifying other reports that there are strong ground sentiments affecting the by-election, which would be a focus of the entire nation within weeks!