SEBERANG JAYA, Aug 19 — The crowds who throng Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s nightly ceramahs number in the thousands, but Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah’s ceramahs only muster a few hundred — most of them party workers.
By way of explaining the poor turnout, Barisan Nasional loyalists say they prefer house-to-house campaigning, claiming that big rallies do not necessarily translate into votes.
The problem is this is the same answer BN candidates gave during the March 8 general election campaign. And back then, former MP Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail, who was contesting in Permatang Pauh, did not hold nightly rallies like her husband is doing now. And she ended up winning with a 13,000-plus majority.
Even Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi admitted the BN campaign machinery had yet to kick into high gear since nomination day on Saturday.