A lawyer chronicles her adventures as a political campaigner for Parti Keadilan Rakyat in the upcoming Hulu-Selangor by-election.
Day 4: Restless and Ruminating (the back seat observer)
Something came up and I could not go to Hulu Selangor tonight. Disappointed? Extremely, and that goes without saying. Especially when yet another earth shattering news spreads across the media that Dr. Halili Rahmat has defected – this had shocked me. He was there when Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim announced our candidate the night of April 13, 2010 just last week. I remembered that Dato’ Seri had even introduced him to the crowd as one of the fighters for Keadilan and that the crowd cheered for him!
I can’t possibly blame him for leaving the party. If you’re not happy where you are, there really isn’t any point in staying. There is always the freedom of choice that everyone is entitled to. But still, an inevitable sigh creeps out. He has been there through thick and thin and he leaves now? When the party needs support (his more than mine, that’s for sure) the most? It is disheartening.
I left early last night, but I heard today that the rest had stayed until 4.00a.m. to set up flags. I hope that I will see more flags when I go down next.
Then, repeatedly in Twitter and on various news portals, the issue of Datuk Zaid Ibrahim and his drinking days crops up. Who cares? Who appointed us as moral police anyway? Maybe it is easy for me to say since I’m not a Muslim. But a different perspective never hurt anyone. It is different of course if he is an alcoholic, which can affect his work. Nonetheless, if he is honest about drinking before, he is honest that he has repented. Personally, he has gained credibility by admitting that he has drank before and thereby, being unpopular, but truthful.
As much as I’d like to go on and on about my party, I have my two cents to say about P. Kamalanathan as well. I like it very much that when asked what he thought of his opponent, he said “no comment,” instead of trash-talking against Zaid.
Anyhow, whoever wins this Sunday, you have to install brighter street lights. The lighting is horrible – you can hardly see a junction without high beams.
LoyarBurok Note: Read more from Eunice at her blog.