Permatang Pauh: Desperate people do the most idiotic of things

This is what I read on the Malaysian Insider just 5 minutes ago:

PERMATANG PAUH, Aug 25 With defeat staring them in the face in Permatang Pauh, Barisan Nasional politicians have been pulling out all the stops to damage Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim”s image.

Over the past 24 hours, several politicians on house-to-house visits in the by-election campaign have been talking about details of the sodomy charge against the Opposition icon, even pointing out that the stains on accuser Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan”s undergarments and body matched Anwar”s DNA.

And when faced with scepticism, some ruling coalition politicians have gone a step further providing details of DNA tests conducted by the Chemistry Department.

Read more HERE. Ah well, I’m just going to put the entire article here.

The Malaysian Insider understands that the tests were conducted on several samples from the underwear and body parts a few days after Saiful lodged a police report on June 28. The tests allegedly confirm that the DNA on the samples belonged to Saiful and Anwar.

In his police report, the former aide alleged that he was sodomised by Anwar in a condominium in Bukit Damansara on June 26. Anwar was charged with having carnal knowledge against the order of nature but he has asserted that this fresh sodomy allegation was part of a political conspiracy to stop him from becoming the prime minister of Malaysia.

Before nomination day on Aug 16, Barisan Nasional officials reached a consensus not to highlight the sodomy charge against Anwar, knowing that as many as six in 10 Malaysians did not believe the allegations and many Malays were uncomfortable discussing sexual issues in public.

Instead, the plan was to focus on the strengths of the local candidate, Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah, a rotund politician with a common touch.

That plan was scratched a day before nomination day when Saiful swore on the Quran at the Federal Territory mosque that he was sodomised by Anwar.

From then on, the sodomy charge provided the backdrop of the by-election campaign with Umno politicians questioning Anwar”s reluctance to take an oath of innocence.

This strategy found some traction among Malay voters in the early days of the campaign but Pakatan Rakyat has since countered it effectively by getting spiritual heavyweights from Pas including Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat and Datuk Haron Din to speak at ceramahs in the constituency and question the validity of Saiful”s oath.

To make believers out of the unbelievers, some BN party officials have been contemplating giving voters nuggets of evidence and information about the sodomy case against Anwar, including results of laboratory tests.

But other senior officials have disagreed with this approach, saying that now that Anwar had been charged in court, evidence and witness accounts should only be presented during the trial and not during the by-election campaign.

But the hardliners won the day, arguing that the Opposition has been employing all kinds of tactics including releasing statutory declarations to damage BN leaders and cast aspersions on the government”s case against Anwar.

So for the last 24 hours, BN officials on house-to-house visits have been going into some detail on the sodomy charge against Anwar, fishing out a laboratory report where necessary to make the case that the samples taken from Saiful”s underpants and his body matched that of Anwar”s.

Is it going to be enough to turn defeat into victory? Unlikely. Is it going to turn droves of Malays against Anwar?

Unlikely. But these are desperate times for the BN.

The truest statement I’ve heard so far. These are indeed desperate times for the BN. So desperate, that they have gone into self-destruct mode.

Fishing lab results to get people to vote for them? DNA results?

How low can they go?

I’ve come across statements from other blogs, especially from those who are on the ground, that this is the dirtiest election campaign in Malaysian history. I don’t know the truth of that statement, but what I know is that the BN camp is very obviously under a lot of pressure, and are desperate for even that one extra vote.

What lab results are they fishing out of their bags? What DNA results are we talking about? I thought the government and the police were pressuring Anwar to give his DNA sample to them before this, with Anwar stoutly declining to do so every time? I thought they were exasperated because they needed that “last bit of evidence” to either prove that they had a case, or if they had none at all.

Where in the world did they get Anwar’s DNA to test and match? Wherever they got it from, it most certainly wasn’t legitimate. Because as far as I know, Anwar has not given them any new sample.

Or did they suddenly decide that whatever sample or DNA profile that they had from 1998 is now suddenly usable again? I thought it was “too old” and couldn’t be used? Did they compare the profile they got from Saiful’s underpants, and compare it to Anwar’s 10-year-old DNA profile?

This is nuts. I have to say this. This is about as low as they can ever go. There is simply not even an ounce of decency left in what they are doing, and the “material” that they are campaigning on.

I repeat. There are statements and comments on blogosphere that this is the dirtiest election campaign ever. And they are saying that from being on the ground. What I’m seeing and blogging about is only what I can get, through blogs and news portals, 8500km away.

If what I’m getting is only the tip of the iceberg, and already I can’t see past the murky water (It’s actually so murky that it’s now mud), then what is going on in Permatang Pauh itself is beyond even my wildest imagination.


Good people of Permatang Pauh, this is my plea to you. Please go out and vote for Anwar Ibrahim. No matter what suspicions you have for Anwar, no matter how uneasy you feel about his past in UMNO, I plead for you to vote for him.

What the BN is showing now is that they are desperate. They are so desperate that they are willing to sink this low. This is not the future we want.

Our future is worth more than DNA samples on a guy’s underpants, and God knows how those “DNA samples” got there.

Our future is worth more than swearing on the Quran.

Our future is worth more than the need to feel “thankful” for being able to retain our non-Malay names.

Our future is worth more, much more than all that we have now.

We don’t have a lot that we can truly say is ours. But that one cross, on that one piece of ballot paper, is truly yours. Use that one right that we still have left. Cross wisely.

You are not only voting for a Member of Parliament. You are voting for the future of Malaysia.


20 Comments on “Permatang Pauh: Desperate people do the most idiotic of things”

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  2. Ahmad says:

    The DNA nonsense is a deliberate Malaysian Insider, a Dollah propaganda tool to manipulate the feeble minded and it is non-exsistent. Their dirty tactics will backfire and they will end up losing everything. We have a future and none of us (moral beings) want a future decided by lowly cultured, nefarious and wicked hearts people like AMNO and their running dogs.

  3. humm says:

    Its really boils down to what you want to believe isn’t it? Especially when you start taking sides, you can’t get away being sucked into the mud of non objectivity and take the shapes of the devils your follow, dosen’t matter which devil it is. So, now Najib practices hiduism, the arabs that was a deep throat with intimate secrets now cannot be trusted, the imam is no longer a witness to swearing, Nalla has tapes on DSAI, DNA evidence to prove god knows what … where is all this taking us? fact remains, both sides are just playing politics and their ends justify all the means carried out to achieve it. Let’s vote intelligently instead off raving and ranting when we will never know what utter nonsense will come out next!

  4. To,
    People/Voters of Permatang Pauh,

    Give NO vote to BN.

    VOTE Vote vote for Parti Keadilan Rakyat.
    VOTE Vote vote for Anwar Bin Ibrahim.
    Pakatan Rakyat will give us a better MALAYSIA.

    To those who swear for fun,

    Hell are inviting you all to join those
    UMNO leaders that are already there.

  5. anak pulau pinang says:

    You said it, and yes the bloggers on the said it as well. This is the dirtiest election campaign ever- definitely so bad that Mahathir must be wondering how any other scumbags could possibly out perform his gutter type of politics. The fact is, dear Malaysians, that the UMNO/BN leadership and their cronies are getting very desparate because defeat in Permatang Pauh will spell :
    1. The beginning of the end of UMNO supremacy.
    2. The beginning of the end of a free hand on the cash register of the country.
    3 The beginning of a complete team of tru malaysians serving in the Judiciary, Police, Attorney General’s department, the ACA, the Elections Commission. Yes, a new beginning which will see a clean-up of all government department.
    What do these UMNO/BN charlatans fear? Simple, afffirmative action to charge all who have dipped their hands into the honey jar, the families and cronies. Now there will be their dread that they will possibly become residents of Sg Buloh, Kajang, Kamunting – just to name a few.
    The fact, fellow Malaysians is the we are seeing the ‘longkang politics’ endorsed and conducted by the scums who we have as out political leaders – the time has come for all true Malaysians to stand up an give all these dirty rats the boot or to state in their terms- bugger them all off!
    This is as much your country as it is mine and Ahmad’s and Mutyhu’s and Ah kow’s and De Silva’s and Openg anak Jugah’s and each and every other Malaysian. We have been led on by the poor excuses of human beings these 30+ years and enough is enough. Let us take back what rightlfully belongs to all Malaysians – Malaysia does not just belong to the Bodowis (pity the sleepy head has forgotten his Chinese roots) the Sons- in- law, the Najis and Che Rosmah ketuts, the Kerismuddins and all their family, cronies and leeches. Yes, lets give our friends in Permatang Pauh the support and encouragement to give the BN/UMNO extremist a real taste of Malaysia’ version of Waterloo.
    Together we can rid Malaysia of all these scum.
    Let’s make sure that this August 31st, we will all really get together to shout “Merdeka Merdeka, MERDEKA!!!!”

  6. Anon2808 says:

    I don’t understand this. People like you, ktemoc and a few others, you’ve made your home elsewhere, so why so kpc?

  7. Antares says:

    Don’t worry, Michelle. Relax, take a few deep breaths, sit back and watch a new day dawn in Malaysia tomorrow.
    The Kali yuga, during which Raksasa rule was rampant and rife, is over as of NOW!

    MERDEKA! MERDEKA! MERDEKA! – for all of us! πŸ™‚

  8. wandererAUS says:

    Haris, thank you to you all. I am grateful all your efforts will help me to fulfill my dream…to dislodge this evil BN govt. I left with sadness to reside in another country, carrying with me a heavy burden of disappointment, for the last 30 years. I am now happy, to see the light at the end of the tunnel. With a PK victory, I hope to catch up with you and personally like to shake your hand..for a job well done!

  9. Khoo says:

    Our hearts and spirits are with you as you lead the peoples of this land in the fight to save this country from being further plundered and divided . God bless you and this is universal of any religion ! we hope to celebrate a true MERDEKA .

  10. Sam says:

    I join you in your chorus from across the Tasman. to anon, people like us who’v moved don’t make us any less Malaysians. You can’t take away the love of your birthplace. That’s why kpc…

    Thank you, fellow anak Malaysia.

  11. donplaypuks says:

    After the by-election, they should get affidavits from as many citizens as they can from PP and present it to the Court in KL as sub-judice action by BN MP’s and an attempt to pervert the course of justice.

    Any half-decent judge will have to throw Saiful’s case out, since his action of swearing on the Koran is also sub-judice; after all he will have to swear on the Koran when (if) he testifies in court.

  12. bow says:

    Sodomy become the deciding point for Malaysia future? Will PP voters be that immature to base their votes on such a “laughable” illegal act?? It is really amusing!!

  13. KevinP says:

    Day of reckoning folks…. after more than 3 weeks of trading barbs…

  14. Jimbo says:

    Hi Su… got two links for election updates from pak sako’s blog ( — malaysiakini and anil nettos…
    Thanks Jimbo.

  15. Anak Kalabakan says:

    With ‘all possible means’ against them, the opposition still won 5 states (despite intelligence reports that said otherwise). Now we have witnessed the same ‘all possible means’ applied to one single seat (P44 Permatang Pauh) which include fielding an ‘independent candidate’ (wearing a turban) to disperse anti-gov islamic votes, not issuing ‘ceramah permits’ during a election campaign, offering money to voters regardless of who they vote … etc (just to mention a few), we would still not be surprised that DSAI would still win, even if his majority was less than that achieved by his wife DSDWAWI. May Allah swt be on his side and the side of the people of Permatang Pauh and the rakyat of Malaysia

  16. supremo says:

    you mean BN is as desperate as PR who had resorted in accusing Najib a Hindu?

    hahahah.. low blow indeed by PR.

    Pot calling the kettle black.

    in order for anwar to get my vote, he needs to be whiter than white. he needs to take the high road instead of doing exactly what BN does.

    his speeches in PP were filled with distasteful words that he really turns me off.

    he will not change colors. that’s why, BEWARE OF ANWAR! he may be more dangerous than Umno!

  17. peacelovekindness says:

    Dear supremo,

    Behind every successful man, there is a woman. And with Datin Seri Wan Azizah behind Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim, success is just hours if not minutes away from now.

    It is SWEET VICTORY for this successful husband, father and Fighter for the rights of the people of Malaysia.

    Before midnight tonight, the RAKYAT in Permatang Pauh should have made their right choice in their unanimous decision to elect their Parliamentarian who happens to be the new Prime Minister of Malaysian come September 16 (could be this year, next year or whenever).

    The fact remains that the People have spoken through their X-factor i.e. the universally democratic ballot box! And the winner is PKR Candidate, DSAI! PERIOD. πŸ™‚

  18. zoeyzara says:

    i am an umno supporter and am still am for i am an umno child…. the more swearing by the qoran that i see… the more statutory declaration that i read… the less faith i have in my beloved umno… my heart weeps for u my dearest umno…. why make a mockery of our judiciary system….why such desperation … i wonder during the prophet s.a.w’s days, were there ever the swearing by the qoran…. as the qoran was compiled years after the prophet s.a.w.’s demise….so i would rather not cast this time around…..for i fear u dont deserve my cast…

  19. rajraman666 says:

    read to much aready.(myself)
    As usual i came trou the candleman blog.
    Malaysian insider down – cant access – tried many times.
    shar101 posted in candleman blog there are some witchhunt on i tried from yours to read but same Malaysian insider down.

    rajraman.will book mark your blog again.
    Ya, I can’t access Malaysian Insider now as well. Maybe they have a server problem.

  20. Mazlan says:

    I am no fan of Anwar. But give the man a break. If atall he did it, it is his private affair and he has to settle with Saiful. What we want is a man to lead this country in an efficient, corrupt free and transparant way. I am sure all Malaysian will want to be an equal partner with equal rights. Help AND SPECIAL privilages can be given to any group who need them – no one disagree with this. Let us work together. Listen to ideas from both sides.

    Parliament is a place for discussion. The Civil service can input on the feasibilities and difficulties. Ideas can come from both sides. Discuss and adopt the best alternative. Why waste time and energy on trivals.

    Happy Merdeka

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