SUNGAI PETANI, 5 April 2009: With about 48 hours left before the 35,125 voters in the N25 Bukit Selambau constituency go to the polls to elect their new state assembly[person], an air of lull seems to have descended here.
This being the weekend before the by-election on Tuesday, though a working day here on a Sunday, the by-election fever seems to have evaporated into thin air.
On the Barisan Nasional (BN)’s front, except for MIC president Datuk Seri S Samy Vellu and his deputy, Human Resources Minister Datuk Dr S Subramaniam; Education Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein; and a few other insignificant personalities, there seems to be hardly any action here.
For Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), the only prominent leader in town was Nurul Izzah Anwar, the Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament who charmed voters here during her short stint with PKR candidate S Manikumar during a visit to a housing estate.
Both the PKR candidate and BN’s Datuk S Ganesan were kept busy going on walkabouts to all corners of the constituency to meet voters in their bid to outdo each other in the numbers game and were literally much on their own.
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This article first appeared on 5 April 2009 in www.theedgemalaysia.com under the title. Used with permission.