THE Penanti by-election is the first in three decades which the Barisan Nasional (BN) has decided not to contest. But what initially started off as a quiet and sleepy campaign has perked up in the past 48 hours, with one independent candidate, Aminah Abdullah, alleging that Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) tried to bribe her.
PKR and its candidate, Dr Mansor Othman, are trying to ignore Aminah’s allegations — which she says can be proven via an audio recording — and focus on its campaign. The other two independents, Nai Khan Ari Nai Keow and Kamarul Ramizu Idris, are oblivious to the spat and are doing their own thing.
One thing is for sure — voters are still attending Pakatan Rakyat (PR) ceramah in droves, and PR is turning this by-election into yet another referendum against the BN. But with four days of campaigning left, it is left to be seen if Aminah will be making more accusations, and if these will affect PR’s chances at the ballot box.
Polling day is on 31 May 2009.