Kesemua proses penamaan calon di ketiga-tiga pilihan raya kecil Bukit Selambau, Bukit Gantang dan Batang Ai berlangsung dengan aman dan penyertaan rakyat yang ramai, khususnya para kehadiran dari penyokong pPakatan Rakyat – 10 ribu di Bukit Selambau, 60 ribu di Bukit Gantang dan 10 ribu di Batang Ai.
Pemimpin Wanita KEADILAN diwakili oleh Ketua Wanita, Zuraida Kamaruddin di Bukit Selambau, Timbalan Ketua Wanita di Bukit Gantang dan Naib Ketua Haniza Talha di Batang Ai.
Wanita KEADILAN di Bukit Selambau
Para pemimpin yang hadir di Bukit Selambau:
Harapan Pakatan Rakyat untuk memenangi ketiga-tiga kerusi adalah paling cerah di Bukit Gantang kerana faktor calon, isu semasa dan kepimpinan Mentri Besar Perak yang sah, Nizar Jamaluddin.
Zuraida Kamaruddin bersama jentera pilihanraya KEADILAN di Bukit Gantang:
Bukit Selambau mencipta sejarah dengan 15 calon bertanding – 8 calon Melayu, 6 calon India dan seorang Cina. Dari perspektif taktik pilihanraya, ia suatu cara oleh lawan yang sudah tahu akan kalah tetapi melancarkan serangan seperti seorang pengecut – dengan menghalang dengan apa cara sekalipun untuk terjadi pertembungan satu lawan satu. Setiap satu calon akan memecahkan undi Pakatan Rakyat dan mengurangkan majoriti kemenangan. Petugas, Jentera Pilihan Raya Bukit Selambau, khususnya Pasukan WIN wanita KEADILAN mestilah menggandakan segala usaha dan tindakan bagi memastikan taktik kotor dan durjana Umno-BN gagal sama sekali untuk meraih kerusi Dun Bukit Selambau.
Calon KEADILAN di Bukit Selambau, Manikumar:
Batang Ai meriah dengan kehadiran Menteri Besar Selangor, Khalid Ibrahim dan 10 ribu ahli dan penyokong parti yang mengiringi calon Pakatan Rakyat, Jawah Gerang. Harapan kemenangan di Batang Ai cerah dengan permuafakatan yang wujud di kalangan semua jentera dan petugas Pilihan Raya Kecil Batang Ai. Kepimpinan yang berlandaskan kesejagatan dan musyawarah antara pemimpin dan pengikut akan menjadikan KEADILAN batang Ai sebuah entiti yang hormati oleh semua rakyat, bukan saja di Batang Ai tetapi di seluruh negara. Corak kepimpinan sedemikian di Batang Ai, dalam rangka memenangi kerusi Batang Ai menandakan kemaraan politik baru Sarawak yang akan menjadi contoh ikutan, khususnya di Sarawak dan Sabah dan amnya oleh semua di Malaysia.
Zuraida Kamaruddin di sebuah ceramah kelompok di Bukit Gantang:
|Nizar: This is no mere by-election|
|Andrew Ong and Gabrielle Chong | Mar 30, 09 1:30pm malaysiakini.com|
|Ousted Perak Menteri Besar Mohd Nizar Jamaluddin’s candidacy for the Bukit Gantang by-election caught many political observers by surprise.
After all, PAS has a large pool of talent that it could have fielded and Mohd Nizar already has his hands full trying to wrest the state government back from Barisan Nasional.
For Mohd Nizar, the answer was simple: “This is no mere by-election”.
In an interview with Malaysiakini at his rented bungalow in Ipoh last Wednesday, Mohd Nizar revealed that the party was looking beyond the turmoil in Perak and was taking a direct aim at BN in Putrajaya.
“PAS leadership does not see Bukit Gantang as just a by-election. It is looking at Bukit Gantang as a platform for political change in Malaysia,” he said.
Many observers and Pakatan Rakyat leaders have painted the Bukit Gantang contest as a referendum on the controversial BN takeover of the Perak government nearly two months ago.
BN has much to lose in this contest as a defeat would allow its opponents to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the state government, formed after three Pakatan state representatives defected.
A last-minute candidate
Kampar-born Mohd Nizar, 52, was nominated as the party candidate for the Bukit Gantang seat, which was declared vacant after the demise of PAS’ parliamentarian Roslan Shaharum on Feb 9.
He is facing BN’s Ismail Saffian, 49, a local born, and little-known independent candidate Kamarul Ramizu Idris, 42.
According to Mohd Nizar, his nomination came as a surprise to him as his name was not even on the list of potential candidates.
“They made a last-minute decision. (But) it is not unusual for PAS,” revealed Mohd Nizar, citing a similar case during the Kuala Terengganu where Abdul Wahid Endut was made candidate at the 11th hour.
The decision was made at a high-level party meeting to discuss the candidates on March 10 in Ayer Kuning, Changkat Jering.
Mohd Nizar, who was supposed to attend the meeting, did not make it as he was at the Federal Court in Kuala Lumpur for his suit against Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abd Kadir.
“By the time I arrived in Ayer Kuning where the meeting was held, I was embraced by all the leaders… They said that after four hours of discussion they agreed to make me the candidate.
“I said I’d have to accept it (as) they had four hours of discussion…,” he said.
Party wanted a contemporary image
The PAS leader added that he was picked ahead a candidate with more religious credentials, because the party wanted portray a contemporary image.
“Traditionally, if the place is religious-inclined, then PAS will field a religious character. (My candidacy) shows the ability of PAS leadership to change,” said Mohd Nizar, who is a successful engineer prior to full-time politics.
However, Mohd Nizar pointed out that the Malays from the Bukit Gantang constituency – an area with a high concentration of religious schools – would desire a candidate with strong Islamic credentials.
He conceded that central working committee member Idris Ahmad, a religious scholar born in Bukit Gantang, was the front-runner for the seat but the party nevertheless took into account of the current mood of Perak people.
“After the upheaval, turmoil and coup d’etat, Perakians feel ripped off of their rights. This is a feeling shared by all Malaysians,” he said.
With Mohd Nizar as the candidate, the party is taking a calculated risk, which it hopes to offset by cashing in on the performance of the PAS-led state administration over the past 11 months.