“Bodek” As “Bodek” Can Be………..
Posted by ErnieJean on January 9, 2009
I must admit…….I tend to look forward to by-elections, simply for the reason that there’s when writers (seniors or otherwise) of the main stream media (and of course our speech writers of BN politicians) really work up their creative juices to give us crap (a diplomatic term for “bodeking“), hoping to be able to pass them of as the ultimate truths……yes, it can be downright irritating sometimes, but hey, it is also kinda enlightening and entertaining to see how someone’s pride, dignity and soul can be so easily bought.
Contrast of brash and quiet styles
By WONG SAI WAN, The Star 9 January 2009
PKR information chief Tian Chua clad in his photographer’s vest – the one with lots of pockets – has been hitting the streets since the eve of nomination day and, in his usual brazen and aggressive style, has been trying to drive home his message to the voters.
His opposite number, Umno information chief Tan Sri Muham-mad Muhammad Taib, has been flying in and out of Kuala Terengganu as he had to carry out his ministerial duties and be election director for the ruling coalition at the same time.
Whenever he is in town, he would adopt a low-key approach and meet the people directly.
(Be more specific here…..he adopted a low-key approach OR nobody wanted to approach him?)
The two men signify the vastly different styles of campaigning adopted by the two sides. It is the aggressive West Coast PKR style versus the more laid-back friendly East Coast style adopted by the Barisan.
(See how with a simple twist of words, “not laku” has been re-termed as “laid back friendly“)
When Pakatan Rakyat chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim went to meet voters in Kampung Cina – the Chinese area which has been the focus of all parties – a mega-phone announced his presence.
It proved effective in grabbing attention because almost everyone in the shops and houses came out and shook his hand.
On the other hand, when Barisan leaders went to the area, they did so humbly and did not announce their presence with a mega-phone. They quietly went from shop to shop to meet the occupants and shoppers.
(Hahahahah……..maybe scared kena pelted by rotten vegies…….)
Barisan’s candidate Datuk Wan Farid Wan Salleh and Barisan national leaders prefer the personal touch instead of the aggressive approach of the opposition parties. The ruling coalition is doing away with the usual pomp that it is usually associated with.
It is not known if the two differing styles are deliberate plans by the respective sides or just a reflection of the personality of those involved in the contest.
However, the contrasting methods have created the impression that PAS’ Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut is in the lead because of the louder Pakatan tactics.
(Correction Sai Wan, PAS is in the lead becos of bigger local supports……hence more noise!)
PAS is going full force, with ceramahs every night all over the place, while Barisan is limiting itself to meeting the voters in small groups in an informal setting in the evenings.
(Really? That’s not what the State police chief Shukri said…….BN was given 5 ceramah permits whereas PAS only managed to get 3………Does that mean BN is basically hogging the permits?
And in the first place why is there a need for permits to hold ceramahs during elections again?)
Anwar’s ceramah on Tuesday was attended by thousands.
Sharing the stage with him were PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat and president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang, and DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang.
It remains to be seen if the differing styles will continue when the Barisan big guns descend on Kuala Terengganu over the weekend, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today and MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat tomorrow.
(Talk about arriving in all grandeur and pomp…….is being escorted by outriders and arriving in a convoy of SUVs considered “Laid-Back Low Profile”?)
Well, Wong Chun Wai did it and got his datukship……Joceline Tan is still trying but not there yet…….do you think someone’s trying to lobby for a datukship too?