Tomorrow... a referendum of sorts will take place at N29, Batang Ai (Sarawak), N25, Bukit Selambau (Kedah) and P59 Bukit Gantang (Perak). Whether enough instant noodles being dished out for BN to wrest the two bukits remain unknown. Whether BN has done enough to keep Batang Ai... well many observers noted that they have.
Certainly the by-elections in Peninsular has robbed Batang Ai off many big guns from campaigning for Jawah Gerang. And that seems to be the gripe that PKR is not serious in Sarawak. My source indicated that BN has air-dropped enough goodies to keep the Ibans with BN this time round but the mood amongst the people are changing.. but just not enough. They are not angry enough to vote a tree stump... thats what he said when I asked him if they are willing to vote anyone aside from the dacing. Maybe that sums up the uphill battle that PKR is pitching in Sarawak.
Back in peninsular, I asked my friend up in Bukit Selambau if the new PM and his feel good announcements have swayed voters. He noted that while some are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, many do not trust him to do the right thing. I guess, the feeling is mutual. He has to do more than just release 13 from ISA and revoke the ban on Harakah and Suara Keadilan to prove his point. Although MSM went on the overdrive to potray Najib as the man for change, his visit to Brickfields, Petaling Street and a chinese newspaper hardly tells you anything except that its a publicity stunt. Malaysians are mature enough not to fall for such skimpy and weak public relations stunts anymore.
My buddy up in Taiping was asking me why did they send the expired old fart up to campaign for BN? And when I asked him if things are going BN's way, he seem to indicate that there are uncertainty in the Malay voters... many seem bought over by BN's Nizar is a DAP stooge story and that tilted the delicate balance for tomorrow.
However, I remain hopeful that Malaysians WILL do the RIGHT THING.
My learned Malaysians in Bukit Selambau, Bukit Gantang and Batang Ai. Tomorrow, you bear the hopes of the nation on your shoulders to vote for CHANGE. To vote for a more audible voice in the country. We have done half the work back in March 08... lets continue the change! Malaysia needs to change if it is to exist for our children. Let us work as Malaysians.. let us VOTE as Malaysians... Let us vote PAKATAN RAKYAT!