As Malay Muslim voters even up between the BN and PR, Chinese voters may tip the balance.
THE UMNO CANDIDATE
KUALA TERENGGANU, MALAYSIA: Umno's candidate for the Kuala Terengganu by-election is getting a bit of flak - for not smiling enough.
Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh, 46, is an affable lawyer-politician, but has been said to appear aloof to voters in this conservative east coast state.
'As a 'new bridegroom', he doesn't have to speak. He has to smile,' said Datuk Seri Najib to laughter. But it was a reference to remarks from observers that Mr Wan Farid appeared elitist and out of touch with the simple Kuala Terengganu voters.
THE PAS CANDIDATE
No handshake so women get roses
KUALA TERENGGANU, MALAYSIA: Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) candidate Abdul Wahid Endut followed strict Islamic etiquette by not shaking the hands of women voters he met on Monday on his walkabout.
To pacify some of the Chinese women voters that he met, he handed out roses every time someone wanted to shake his hands at Kampung Cina in downtown Kuala Terengganu.
'At first, I was not so sure about greeting the women in Kampung Cina, but luckily someone handed me a bouquet of roses. So every time the women held out their hands, I handed them the flowers,' the 51-year-old was quoted as saying by New Straits Times (NST) newspaper yesterday.
Appeared briefly on TV news tonight and giggled sheepishly exposing a part of blank gum without teeth.
U P D A T E12:39 PM 9/1/2009
Creative: A PAS ‘aircraft’ bearing the party message on display at a roadside in
Kampung Tok Adis, Kuala Terengganu. - [ The Star ]
4:29 PM 9/1/2009
Candidates officially declared | PAS Candidate
Police at the ready - BN Candidate is Deputy Minister of Home Ministry
under whom the Police is tasked
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