Too rich for Bukit Gantang

By Zainal Epi (The Malay Mail)

IF you have it, flaunt it. But no, sirs. Not in Bukit Gantang, Perak.

Several Umno members who had just returned to Kuala Lumpur from the durian land, are cheesed off that Barisan Nasional members are making their rounds there in luxury cars and expensive attire.

The group said these campaigners had not learnt from past by-elections.

“Moving around in big luxury cars, wearing expensive attire but talking about daily survival of
kampung folks in a semi-urban surrounding doesn’t quite give the right impression about BN,” one of them said.

There is nothing wrong in having wealth and looking good, but who would be convinced when they talk about defending the kampung people’s rights?

The voters would be wondering how these campaigners would know what they are going through when they strut around in fancy cars and clothes; and have probably never lived in a village.

“Bukit Gantang’s predominantly Malay voters are still living in the kampung, some in dilapidated

These are simple people with simple needs. They cannot possibly identify with people with
luxury, even if these campaigners do not mean to project a high and mighty outlook.”

The Umno members also claimed that there seemed to be factions among Umno Youth followers
aligned to either new chief Khairy Jamaluddin, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir or Datuk Seri Dr Mohd
Khir Toyo.

They claimed that factions loyal to Mukhriz and Dr Khir were carrying out their own campaign, despite the norm being to follow the chief’s itinerary.

The members also noted that other than the Perak takeover issues, the Opposition was using the three month suspension on Harakah and Suara Keadilan as an issue.

On the positive side, the group said the Wanita team were doing a good job.

It seems that the Wanita members are well received in their house-to-house rounds.