PETALING JAYA: The nation will see yet another by-election, the 16th, with the death of Umno’s Kerdau elected representative Zaharuddin Abu Kassim this evening.
It is learnt that Zaharuddin, 63, died after suffering from a fall in his washroom at about 6.30pm.
His death was confirmed by Temerloh’s deputy police chief Supt Zundin Mahmood.
The politician was reported to be serious last year when he was admitted at the Nation Heart Institute (IJN) in a critical condition over kidney and heart complications.
He however recovered sufficiently and got married to Rozlifah Ahmad, 33, late last year.
The country had just witnessed a by-election in Tenang, Johor – a state seat which was retained by Barisan Nasional/Umno.
There will be another by-election in Merlimau, Malacca on March 6 following the death of the state rep, also from Umno.
The Kerdau by-election will be the first in Pahang, the homestate of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.
The above is a news flash from Free Malaysia Today.
I suppose there should be a rule calling that all assemblymen cannot die without consent of Bik Mama. Maybe this is because of the number of unprecedented by-elections that is happening before we hit 3 years after March 8 2008.
According to the 2008 statistics, the bulk of the 6000 plus voters are Malays (89%). Kerdau is in the Temerloh constituency and it is in the upper part, heading towards Kuala Krau. Ideally, a PAS candidate can be there or if there is PKR man who is famous in that part of town, then they should put that fellow there.
I wonder how much money that Barisan Nasional has splashed in all the by-elections so far. Not even the recent by-elections can surpass the astronomical amount of goodies and campaign money (actually can be used for subsidy money instead of for the wrong ends).
The big question is how can we educate voters on not to be afraid of bogeyman tactics and used their heads properly without thinking of such defeatist mentalities like (follow the leader, all is fate, etc..?)