I had travelled to be in Pekan for nomination day on Saturday.
What I saw and hear that day made me felt that
Actually, what I saw on my trip the previous day along the "coastal road" of JB-Kota Tinggi-Mersing-Endau-Rompin-Pekan-Kuantan was the same as on the nomination day.
The party flags hoisted along the route were mostly that of BN, some of Pas and very few of PKR/Pakatan.
It more or less confirmed my belief that Pakatan's presence in the East Coast was very minimal.
Today, I left my friend's house in Kuantan for JB about 9am.
Her house is within the Indra Mahkota parliamentary constituency.
Both Indra Mahkota and Kuantan have been with PKR for the last two terms.
Despite now is the campaigning period, I noticed that the PKR flags were very few to be seen there so far.
The place was mostly covered by the dark blue of BN and some green of Pas.
It's the same along the route to Muadzam Shah.
The PKR/Pakatan flags were actually only seen in number as I was approaching the Segamat town.
Segamat is one of the risky areas for BN in Johor.
Though the BN flags were still in greater number than that of Pakatan's, it's more even there than along my route in Pahang.
I stopped several times from then onwards as I wanted to check how things were at these presumably better contested areas.
One of my stops was in Labis, which I'm quite familiar with.
I spent almost three weeks there during the Tenang by-election in 2012.
I wrote a bit about my experience there in these posts,
The place looks the same as it was back then.
|Took this picture of Labis town today|
As it was in Segamat, there was a good amount of Pakatan flags and posters around to match those of BN's.
I always remember that by-election as being the best for me because I was there with my dear friends and we did have lots of fun and good experience there.
The BN candidate at that time, Mohd Azahar Ibrahim, also known as Tok Ai is still the assemblyman of Tenang and he would be defending it again this time.
Not bad at all because, the guy, whom everyone thought was blur blur when he was nominated as candidate during the by-election is now the Labis Umno division chief.
Funny when I think back, because it took quite a bit to coax him to contest that by-election. He was actually scared that he may not be capable enough to serve the constituents.
He turned out quite ok, it seems.
The other state seat within the Labis parliamentary constituency is Bekok and the incumbent is DAP's Lim Eng Guan, but this time he was replaced there as his party candidate by Dr S.Ramakrishnan.
The Labis parliamentary seat is currently held by MCA's Chua Tee Yong who in 2013 won it by a razor thin margin of just 353 votes.
Despite that, it appeared that DAP had quite a problem fielding a candidate there.
They tried to get Dr Boo Cheng Hau of Skudai but the guy rather not be fielded at all than to go there. Then they asked cute girl Teo Nie Ching of Kulai but someone told me that she cried like in a Korean drama pleading not to be sent there. Next they sent Gobind of Puchong but after a look around the mostly oil palm estates of Labis, the guy decided he can't stand the place.
In the end DAP had to settle on the relatively unknown Pan Hok Liong to contest against Tee Yong.
I think because of that Labis would be interesting to watch.
I was told that Tee Yong had worked hard on the ground there the past five years. Maybe he has actually managed to swing around especially the Chinese voters there.
Well, let's wait and see.
After Labis, I drove down to Yong Peng, Ayer Hitam, Simpang Renggam, Kulai and all the way to JB.
I didn't get on the North-South Highway and instead drove along the old trunk road to see things better along the way.
In terms of flags and banners, it's more or less the same - more BN's than Pakatan's but the balance was not as bad as along the east coast road and that in Pahang.
But still it's a far cry from those days during the last two general elections.
Maybe now people are focusing more on presence in cyberspace, especially in social media.
Well, don't know lah. I still think the situation on the ground is the best indicator of what's to come.
Maybe I'm wrong.
For now, let's just wait for the outcome on May 9.
I need to rest now. Still tired from the driving.