There are 2 candidates in Tenang by-election, by common sense. However reading the national/public funded newsagency report, there is only 1 candidate worth mentioning. Even the election administrator, the past Assemblyman, the sitting MP from MCA are worth mentioning compared to the other candidate. Such bias of the official media should be condemned by sensible folks though Bernama has made noises that it would give fair coverage to all sides of politics. Look like old habits die hard.
January 30, 2011 14:01 PM
A Wet Polling Day In Tenang
LABIS, Jan 30 (Bernama) — Heavy rain in the district since the past few days has somewhat dampened the polling for the Tenang by-election, which is underway since 8am Sunday.
There was no sunshine in Tenang as the polling opened this morning but it did not stop the voters from turning up to exercise their right, with many of them making their way to the polling centres holding umbrellas provided by Election Commission’s (EC) workers.
An EC officer told reporters that the voters were not allowed to bring their own umbrellas into the polling centres because umrellas could be used as weapons.
A check by Bernama at the Kampung Paya Merah polling centre showed a calm voting process, with voters lining up to wait for their turn to elect the constituency’s representative.
Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Mohd Azahar Ibrahim arrived at the centre and cast his vote at 8.55am.
He was seen greeting a voter in a wheelchair.
Met by reporters, Mohd Azahar said polling was smooth so far.
“I’ve exercise my responsibility and I hope that the voters, all of them, will be able to make it,” he said.
Mohd Azahar, affectionately known as Tok Ai, came to the polling centre with his grandmother known only as Hajah Esah, 95.
He then continued to make his rounds and visiting other centres.
EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof said 11 per cent of the 14,753 electorates had cast their votes during the first hour since the polling opened at 8am.
“If there are 10 per cent coming out to vote each hour, we can expect an 80 per cent turnout,” he said.
Labis MP Chua Tee Yong, when met at the Kampung Paya Merah centre, hoped that the weather would be more conducive in the afternoon and that the voters would come out notwithstanding the rain.
Mohd Azahar, 39, a former assistant land administrator of the Rengit sub-district in Batu Pahat is up against PAS’ Normala Sudirman, 38, a former teacher.
The by-election is called following the death of incumbent Datuk Sulaiman Taha, 59, of BN on Dec 17.