Malaysiakini - Polling day: Tear gas, rain, phantom buses
Whenever PKR and UMNO clashed (doesn’t matter that the candidate had been from MIC), two things would most likely occur.
One – accusations of bus loads of phantom voters, made by PKR heroes.
As I wrote last year regarding the Permatang Pauh by-election:
Malaysiakini reported in 5 'phantom' buses stopped, MP and sons arrested that PKR leader Gobalakrishnan, MP for Padang Serai, and his two sons plus a supporter, adopted the PKR ‘core’ group’s habit of stopping buses, allegedly full of phantom voters.
OK, where was the evidence that the passengers were phantom voters? […]
Recall the Ijok by-election where PKR supporters blocked the car of Najib by placing flower pots on the road, with one sitting on the bonnet of that car?
And then in Lunas?
There has been a propensity by some PKR fanatical followers (or those who want to bodek Anwar kau kau to attract the reformasi man’s attention wakakaka) to take the law into their hands like the ruthless lawless vigilante corp of the American Wild West, stringing up people they suspected (only suspected, no proof whatsoever) of crimes whilst forgetting that in their vigilante action, they would be committing crimes themselves.
I am aghast that a member of parliament would stoop to such disgraceful grandstanding antics.
Two – they would ‘exchange’ water bottles. Malaysiakini reported (at 4.45pm) that in Bukit Selambau the situation in several areas is quite tense with supporters from BN and Pakatan having a go at each other. … One focal point is Sungai Lalang where the supporters are trading insults and hurling plastic water bottles at one another.
They did that in the Ijok by-election as well – see my post Ijok - glimpses of Vision 2020 where I wrote:
After the nomination period ended at 10 am, supporters of BN’s K Parthiban and PKR’s Khalid Ibrahim decided to flaunt their V-2020 credentials by ‘exchanging’ bottled water, a traditional though modernised Malaysian custom.
In the old days, any handy loose chairs would do as piloting aspirants air-tested the furniture’s aerodynamic properties. But today, that’s really déclassé.
1st World affluence demands that only bottled water would do, and bearing in mind science’s advice that 1 litre of water weighs 1 hefty kilogram, flying missiles of 375 ml or even 750 ml unopened bottles could have devastating effect.
A supporter of one of the candidates was heard to have said “Take my Evian, you …. (censored) …”
The response was shockingly provocative: “Cheapskate – here’s my Glacia Nova … nah nah nah!”
Mount Franklins, Abbey Well, AQA, Adonis Heilwasser and our local Alpine were among many brands shown off and exchanged by wannabe test-pilots from both BN and PKR.
I heard those el-cheapo DAP blokes and lassies who were present stuck to JKR-juice in imitation Tupperware and refused to release the containers for launching, whilst PAS also refused to let go of their Al Ghadir (imported from Saudi Arabia). It would have been most disrespectful to fling away stuff imported from the Saudi nation.
The top find from the post-exchange debris was a Bling H2O (at US$40 for 750 ml, the most expensive bottled water in the world) but no one wanted to confess to ownership. A few Chap Tiga Kepala were also discovered, evidence to Najib Tun Razak’s glocalisation, but again, like the other end of the range, Bling H2O, there were embarrassed reluctance to admit to their ownership.
But, like the Seekers, I’m sad in a way that the carnival is now over ;-)
But nonetheless congratulations to the newly elected representatives.