BN leaders have been saying plenty about the PR, with hardly
any mention of their own candidate, P Kamalanathan
KUALA KUBU BARU, 20 Apr 2010: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is a “liar and ingrate”, Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat “bends over backwards” to compliment Lim Guan Eng, and Datuk Zaid Ibrahim is a “reject and outsider”.
Senior Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders have joined the Hulu Selangor campaign with an apparent strategy of condemning the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) while saying as little possible about their own candidate from the MIC.
“Anwar shot up like a bullet within the BN to become deputy prime minister in just 11 years. But he is the sort that does not remember good deeds. If he cannot remember the government’s good deeds, you think he will remember yours? It’s all lies,” said Bagan Pinang state assemblyperson Tan Sri Isa Samad to the approximately 450 present at a rally in Sungai Buaya.
Isa, from Umno, who won big in the October 2009 Bagan Pinang by-election, had the crowd in stitches. He bantered and joked while criticising the PR, all in the same breath. He told the crowd that Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) was set up to help Anwar in 1999, not to help the people of Hulu Selangor.
“Baru sekarang nak fikir nasib orang. Nasib sendiri belum tentu!” he said to laughter.
Isa spent quite some time attacking the opposition leader and PKR in his speech. “Anwar is the best tukang karut in Malaysia … He will do anything just so he can win,” said Isa.
The allegations of sodomy against Anwar were also a frequent topic in the BN leaders’ campaign speeches.
“Between a man and another man, if you want to give presents to each other, best not to give trousers. You can give an axe or maybe a keris, but not trousers,” said Works Minister Datuk Seri Shaziman Abu Mansor.
Shaziman was alluding to Mohamad Saiful Bukhari Azlan‘s testimony during Anwar’s sodomy trial.
Zaid (File pic) Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal took a swipe at Anwar’s wife, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, saying: “Wan Azizah supports Zaid. Whether it’s right or not right, she will still support. Like she supports her husband.”
PKR defector Dr Halili Rahmat was introduced as Anwar’s personal physician, whose heart and soul had been moved to join Umno, due to the deficiencies within PKR.
While references to Anwar and PR candidate Zaid were aplenty, there was, however, hardly any mention of the BN’s own candidate, P Kamalanathan. The BN speakers did not seem too familiar with Kamalanathan’s principles, or what he could achieve as Hulu Selangor’s Member of Parliament (MP).
“[Kamalanathan] can do the job. I’ve seen him, the way he meets people,” said Isa, before launching into another diatribe against the PR.
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