"Reformasi Menegak keADILan"

Badawi snubbed in Lunas

6.55pm, MON: Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was snubbed today by the owner of a Chinese shop while he was on a door-to-door campaign in Pekan Lunas.

As Abdullah entered the shop, the owner shut the door in his face, leaving the VIP visitor flabbergasted.

On another occasion, when he entered a Chinese restaurant to shake hands with the people, some left and walked to the back of the shop in an attempt to avoid contact with the man whom many have endearingly addressed as "Pak Lah".

A little girl, who was among the people who greeted Abdullah, was heard to remark, "This is only the DPM. The Prime Minister should visit us, but where is he?"

Mahathir was scheduled to visit Taman Selasih in Kulim this morning but failed to do turn up. Only the Radio Television Malaysia (RTM) truck was waiting for him at the BN operations centre.

Abdullah was accompanied by Health Minister Chua Jui Meng, the Barisan Nasional candidate for the Lunas by-election S Anthonysamy and a group of 30 Indian supporters.

He was also met by Keadilan supporters who handed him their flyers, as there were two BA centres in Pekan Lunas and he could not avoid bumping into them. Upon seeing Abdullah, they shouted ‘reformasi' slogans.


'Shameful squabble'

However, Abdullah is still confident that BN will win the election come Nov 29 which will see the end of the three-cornered fight for Lunas between Anthonysamy, Saifuddin Nasution Ismail for BA and S Letchumanan as the Independent candidate.

The internal squabble between DAP and Keadilan over the selection of the BA candidate which was highlighted in the media the past week seemed to have fueled BN's chances to retain the Lunas seat which fell vacant following the death of state assemblyman Dr Joe Fernandez on Nov 4.

"DAP does not seem to have a firm stand," Abdullah told reporters after visiting Pekan Lunas.

"At one time they say that this fight (Lunas) is for the people to reprimand their party but the next moment they issue another statement," he added.

Abdullah was asked whether the disagreement displayed by DAP and Keadilan was a sandiwara.

"Sandiwara or not, I do not believe in sandiwara because it is shameful for them to fight between themselves," said Abdullah. Malaysiakini