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Khairy 'penakut' semuka dengan Badrul Hisham dalam debat terbuka
KOTA BHARU, 7 Mac (Hrkh)- Calon(KeADILan) Parlimen Rembau, Badrul Hisham Shaharin yang menghubungi harakahdaily pagi tadi berkata, menantu Perdana Menteri, Khairy Jamaluddin gagal ke program debat terbuka bersamanya yang dijadualkan malam tadi.
Badrul Hisham yang juga Ahli Majlis Teringgi KeADILan berkata, pentas telah disiapkan dan cabaran terbuka telah disampaikan kepada Khairy, namun menantu Perdana Menteri itu tidak hadir untuk bersemuka dengannya.
Program itu dipengerusikan oleh Anuar Mohd Nor, penggendali laman web Umno-Reform di Taman Seri Rembau Lapang, Rembau.
Kegagalan menantu kepada Perdana Menteri tersebut untuk hadir ke program itu telah menyebabkan lebih 2000 orang hadirin kecewa. Wartawan-wartawan yang hadir termasuk dari RTM juga turut kecewa.
Badrul Hisham yang berucap kepada hadirin meminta mereka supaya bertenang dan menyatakan kesediaannya untuk berdebat dengan Khairy jika dipanggil termasuklah dikubu kuat Umno.
Kata-kata Badrul itu disambut dengan slogan 'Khairy penakut' daripada hadirin termasuk penyokong-penyokong BN yang hampa dengan menantu Perdana Menteri kerana tidak menghadirkan diri di program tersebut.
Khairy sebelum ini cukup lantang membuat kenyataan didada-dada akhbar dan televisyen mengutuk pembangkang dan juga pencabarnya di Rembau.
Namun kata serang aktivis rakyat, Zahari Shah kelantangan Khairy itu hanya untuk dipertontonkan dalam televisyen sahaja, sebaliknya bila diajak bersemuka menantu Perdana Menteri itu takut untuk berhadapan kenyataan.
"Jika beliau seorang yang benar-benar berani, berhadapanlah dengan Badrul Hisham secara terbuka di pentas terbuka, jangan hanya membuat kenyataan dalam televisyen, tetapi takut berhadapan kenyataan sebenar," ujarnya.
|DAP accuses BN of playing fear tactic|
| A new array of weapons have appeared mysteriously in , aimed at shooting down the onslaught of DAP, in the form banners warning the voters that they risk losing a Chinese chief minister if the vote for the opposition party.|
About 2,000 banners were put up overnight yesterday around the town of , the parliamentary constituency where DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng is expected to win.
The banners are easily spotted along the roads when Malaysiakini visited the area this afternoon but unlike other campaigning materials, there was no party logo printed on them.
In a press conference this afternoon, Lim condemned the act as an attempt of “fear tactics” and said he has reasons to believe that the BN was behind the act.
“I suspect they are done by BN supporters because only they have the financial resources to do so and put up 2,000 banners overnight,” he said.
Apart from that, the DAP leader also revealed another 'fear tactic' where voters in have received five-page anonymous leaflets last night telling them voting for opposition would cause the Chinese to lag behind.
One of the leaflets 'explained' that this is because the Chinese community's rights will be taken away when Umno has more say over the Chinese-based BN component parties.
It also attached a newspaper cutting which quoted DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang as praising PAS is just and democratic.
Meanwhile, another billboard was enacted at Paya Terubong on the island, stating that ‘Voting DAP is voting for PAS and theocratic Islamic state’.
Given the majority of Penangites’ sentiment to keep a chief minister from the Chinese community, BN leaders have repeatedly warned voters they may lose a Chinese chief minister if they vote for the opposition.
BN under pressures in 10 seats
BN chairperson was the latest to issue that warning when he told a gathering on Wednesday night that the Chinese community “suffers” every time when DAP wins big in the general election.
Other BN leaders have gone on a campaign to tell the voters should they vote for the oppositions, it will weaken the Chinese community representation by MCA and Gerakan in the government.
On the other hand, the opposition have argued that voting for the two Chinese-based ruling parties will help to strengthen Umno’s dominance in the state.
The BN’s fear of a DAP advance in the state is evident in the wake of an admission by the outgoing Chief Minister and Gerakan acting president Dr Koh Tsu Koon today that the BN was facing tremendous pressure from the opposition in 10 state seats in .
This also correlated with the prediction that the opposition will take up eight more new state seats in this election, in addition to two they are holding at present.
If these projections are realised, MCA will be the biggest loser as its candidates are contesting in five of the ‘black’ seats for the BN, compared to Gerakan (two), MIC (two) and Umno (one).
In the opposition ranks, the biggest gainer will be DAP (contesting in eight), PKR (one) and PAS (one).
Even if they win the 10 seats, the opposition parties will still fall short of denying BN a two-thirds majority, let alone meeting their target of forming the next state government - the twin objectives of their campaign.
The arrival of ‘phantom’ voters?
Meanwhile, PKR president and Permatang Pauh candidate Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has expressed her concern over buses ferrying BN supporters into her constituency last night.
According to her, about 10 buses have accompanied Abdullah at a function in Penanti, one of the three state seats under Permatang Pauh last night.
She questioned the timing of the buses coming in at this juncture as they could be ‘phantom’ voters, referring to individuals who are not eligible to vote but posing as voters.
“We can’t discount the fact on that as we don’t know whether they are still here or they have left,” Wan Azizah said when contacted this afternoon.
An eyewitness put the figure of the buses between seven and eight, and claimed the passengers appeared to be outsiders.
Two-term MP Wan Azizah retained the Permatang Pauh seat in the last election by a slim 590-majority votes.
She is expected to retain the seat as she may continue to gain sympathy votes from women voters who make up 51 percent of the electorate in Permatang Pauh. The ground sentiment also favours her.
However, she will have to contend with the increase of some 4,000 new voters. In the run-up to the polls, she has complained about thousands of suspicious voters without complete address.
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