We tagged along with our Malaysia Kini’s “si fu”, Maran Perianen, to do a prelude coverage on Bukit Selambau today. My fellow CJs Lim Boo Seng, Owen Koh and I were not sure what we need to do and tried to fit in as Maran showed us the ropes.
To him, interviewing seem effortless with pin point questions growing out from his head. I noticed that he always have a “listening” face which made the interview much more informative and friendly.
In Sungai Petani this morning, we interviewed both parties, Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional which were just a few shoplots away from each other. We performed several vox pops on each party and earlier in the morning, we interviewed Dato Ganesan Subramaniam of BN who later on was named as the BN candidate for Bukit Selambau by the Deputy Prime Minister, Najib Razak.
We then proceed to Bukit Selambau which was located about 25 kms from Sungai Petani. It took us approximately 30 minutes to reach the destination. Along the way, we made note of the rubber and palm trees lining up at both sides of the winding road. As expected, the JKR team was there “again” to resurface the road, it looked really new. By election near, new road? Ehmmm…
Bukit Selambau is a small town with scattered small shophouses along its one km stretch. We nearly missed it and had to convince ourselves that the row of shophouses which went by us was Bukit Selambau.
We stopped at a “warong” and claimed it as our HQ for the day. There were many interesting and revealing comments from those interviewed around the vicinity. To find out more, tune in to Malaysia Kini Tv.
A by-election was called for the state assembly seat of Bukit Selambau, Kedah after the resignation of the Parti Keadilan Rakyat representative V. Arumugam on February 9, 2009. Amongst the reasons why Arumugam quit were that stated in a statutory declaration which he wrote. In the declaration it stated that he no longer could stand threats he had been receiving from certain parties besides alleged attempts from people claiming to represent the Barisan Nasional (BN) who offered him up to RM5 million to cross over to the coalition. Nominations for candidates for the Bukit Selambau state by-elections will be held on March 29 followed by the voting on April 7, 2009. (Extracted from Wikipedia)