Saturday, August 16, 2008

Independent Candidates for Permatang Pauh

The latest news around for today's nomination day for the Permatang Pauh by-election shows that 2 independent candidates have filed their nomination papers. in addition to Anwar and Ariff Shah. Nominations have already been closed.

Excerpt from Malaysiakini:

At 9.03am, Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Arif Shah submitted his nomination papers. Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) de facto leader, Anwar Ibrahim submitted his papers shortly after, at 9.15am.

An independent, Mansor Othman, who was a former PKR leader in Penang, submitted his nomination at 9.30am, followed by Hanafi Hamat of Angkatan Keadilan Islam Malaysia (Akim) at 9.45am.

Some of us had a hunch from the beginning that there will be an independent candidate contesting in this by-election. (see my posting called Ominous Rumors On Permatang Pauh ) Since this happens, this could explain two theories:

1. Barisan Nasional had approached these two gentlemen and prepared to finance them with the sole objective of reducing Anwar's majority. Since they had a the infinite amount of resources, they are willing to lose the deposit if these two men poll less than 1500 votes individually. Either one of them is related to the UMNO-splinter cell in PAS but I doubt so.

2. There could be a certain percentage of people who thinks that Anwar has held the seat long enough in 1982 and decided for a fresh change rather than holding it longer. Given Mansor is based in Penang, he could poll more than Hanafi. But the question is of the radius of Mansor's sphere of influence.

The next 10 days will see various speeches in the public and let's wait to see what other non-candidates who will speak at the speeches say.

1 comment:

  1. bro lil Taffer,

    Mansor is jst a stanby for ur hero bro AnWar incase his paper was rejected,..neway he had withdrawn immediately aftr bro AnWar's submission is for Hanafi he is not UMNO's but PAS guy as frm wat I heard he belongs to d PAS ppl who dusn agree to bro AnWar's way..i heard d wind blowing d name of bro Nasha...wat can I say..heheh..(,")



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