Was driving from my friend's house near Bukit Istana, Kuantan along the Bypass highway, a bit of Gambang-Kuantan highway and then the Kuantan-Pekan highway.
There were party flags put up all along the highways.
They were mostly BN's, quite a number of Pas', but very few that of PKR which represent Pakatan.
It made me wondered what's wrong with the Pakatan machinery.
Was it the same elsewhere?
It's nomination day after all.
They should had put up more of their flags by then.
When I arrived in Pekan, just before 9am, I got another surprise.
I walked to the field near the hall where the nomination process took place and discovered that among the party supporters who accompanied their candidates, only a few were from Pakatan.
Less than 50 of them, I think.
|These are all the Pakatan supporters that turned up at the Pekan nomination centre yesterday.|
The Pas supporters there probably outnumbered them 10 to one, while those from BN about 100 to one.
It was nothing like when I was there on nomination day of the general election in 2008.
At that time the opposition supporters were almost equal in number of the BN supporters and they were boisterous.
Those were the Pakatan Rakyat days.
Yesterday, if I'm a Pakatan Harapan supporter, I would have cried seeing the very few supporters accompanying Zahid Mat Arif to the nomination centre.
I know la that he is not going to win against Najib but the least that could be done was to give him adequate moral support to continue campaigning over the next 10 days.
As I sat under a tree near the field, I received WhatsApp messages from friends at other parts of the country.
They also told of not very encouraging stories about Pakatan.
Several of Pakatan candidates were disqualified for not adhering to the election laws..
They include the veteran Tian Chua of PKR.
How can they fumbled on such an important day like that?
I can sense the frustration among my friends who were supporting Pakatan.
They simply could not believe that their candidates, who were supposed to be part of the Pakatan team to wipe out BN could fail so miserably.
Some started to accuse the Election Commission of purposely disqualifying the Pakatan candidates but their accusations seemed so far fetched to me.
What they forgot was that there were cases of BN candidates similarly being disqualified in past elections too.
It's a matter of getting everything in order and adhering to the laws and regulations.
If the candidates can't even get those right, then they don't deserve to be a wakil rakyat in the first place.
It's as simple as that.
Well, so far not so good for Pakatan.
I'm not saying that they would be wiped out, but it's getting harder for me to see them defeating BN in this general election.
Okay, there's still about 10 days for them to push their campaign.
I still think they will continue to rule Penang and Selangor.
They may also likely capture Kedah and possibly spring an upset in Perak and Johor.
But those are about it.
I can't see them capturing Putrajaya anymore.
So much for all the noises over the past years.
Okay, I'm driving back to JB tomorrow morning.
I think I'll stay there for a while to see how things turn up there.
After all, the other day I wrote this as it appeared more and more likely that Pakatan is not going to win this general election,
The next best thing for Pakatan - capturing Johor