"r r" email@example.com
Saturday, 12 April 2008 ( From Aliran Monthly)
"He has defeated the lion, he is our dragon" - Sungai Siput voter
Probably the most-watched general election battle was the Sungai Siput contest in which underdog Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj sensationally upset the MIC strongman Samy Vellu. Kumar’s sister, Prema Devaraj, provides an enthralling account for Aliran Monthly of her involvement, alongside the people of Sg Siput, in this amazing campaign.
************ ********* **
It’s 4.00am. I stagger to the window and glare at the sleeping cockerel next door in its cage. For the entire campaign period, this miserable fowl started his day beneath my window when it was still dark outside. No amount of reasoning or threatening to call KFC deterred this feathered foe from either post or responsibility. A secret and loyal employee of the BN? Well, we’ll see who has the last squawk. If my brother can take on Samy Vellu, I can handle sleep deprivation. Bring on polling day.
Reporters came and went. The calon declared his assets and signed a contract to ensure the fulfilment of his promises with 10 representatives including farmers, villagers, urban settlers, youth, etc. from the community. The campaign was full on for 13 days except for one day mid campaign when we took a morning off (i.e., we got up at 8.00am instead of 6.00am).
Despite everything, everyone involved with the Sg Siput campaign just got on with the work at hand. There was no financial remuneration but there were meals, generously donated and cooked by caring individuals. One just had to be there to experience the tremendous amount of goodwill and camaraderie which came from the respect people had for the calon, his team and their efforts for the quest at hand.
Daripada Abu Umarah iaitu al-Bara' bin 'Azib radhiallahu anhuma, katanya: "Kita semua diperintah oleh Rasulullah s.a.w. untuk melakukan tujuh perkara, iaitu meninjau orang sakit, mengikuti janazah, menentasymitkan orang yang bersin, menolong orang yang lemah, membantu orang yang teraniaya, meratakan salam dan melaksanakan sumpah."