Arphan and I made a visit to Bkt Gantang yesterday and had to endure a couple of showers on the road. But the voters of Bkt Gantang have apparently been showered with `instant noodles’ instead! Newly tarred roads stretches in front of our car-almost to the end of the constituency. Heavy road-building machinery was visible on the road side. Not enough of that new lamp posts are being erected-so that the voters here can see better the provider of these `instant noodles’?
We ventured to Trong(thinking that it is a name from the movie) but found `Terong’ -a more mundane name in local language. This is a state seat with the least voters (about 10k) but with similar number of polling centres(14) as other 2 state seats. The special thing here is: this is the 1 out of 3 state seats here which was won by the BN. PAS banners and operation centres were visible everywhere, along BN’s, showing their eagerness to capture the voters here. The 1 thing that is noticable is: the operation centres of both sides are still empty -including the `operation centre’ of the police! A Kuala Terengganu style police presence is shaping up in the 2 bukits by-elections. And where do the government get the money to lavish the police in this time of economic crunch?
But the above does not mean a lack of activities. At the large Changkat Jeling Community Hall a `government’ sponsored 4-day `I-Festival’ (`Islamic Festival’) has taken up the entire compound of the community hall-with a banner festuring a forum by a Minister. If not for the by-elections would such an event be held here? Comapared to this lavish affair (ab)using public fund the PR MB Nizar was seen doing his round to the villages, as announced by this small black n white poster. By accounts of other blogs he seems to attract big crowds.
The by-election here would bring benefits to the local economy for sure-together with the suppliers of canopies (used by both parties and the police!) and the contractors for tarring roads and erecting lamp posts-who may be from some where else!