Leaving aside May 13 (which was after all a racial riot), the election events which had produced the most violence or the most acrimonious exchanges (physical or otherwise) have been those between UMNO and PAS.
It’s a known fact that Malays are far more passionate about political issues than Chinese or even Indians. Bagan Pinang has shown that once again. Could it be then be the high volatile passion involved?
It’s also an accepted perception among Malaysians that Malays are far more emotional than Chinese. Could runaway emotions have led to the violence in Bagan Pinang?
Or could it be just that Bagan Pinang is really a high stake by-election for UMNO, involving (1) Najib’s prestige, (2) UMNO morale, and (3) the vital step leading to the political resurrection of Isa Samad?
It’s a shame that a samurai sword was used to attack a PAS worker. Samurai swords are better employed as weapons of honour, for corrupt pollies to commit seppuku.