Why hasn’t any one come out and say that “Don’t vote your future away” When Reuters UK carried out this story I would have thought both BN and Pakatan legislators would have spoken up. The thing that got me was this statement,” Many Malaysians are hardened gamblers and illegal betting syndicates in Malaysia (and elsewhere in Asia) won notoriety around the world . You minus the bracketted (elsewhere in Asia) it does sound bad, i mean we now even have bets on election.
Imagine this Bookies in Kuala Lumpur are offering odds of 3-1 for Anwar winning with a majority of 15,000 votes in the August 26 by-election. Can I bet? Who can I call? Betting besides the authorised numbers games in Toto,Magnum and Pan Malaysia Pools are considered illegal. When this reuters report hit the streets and Malaysiakini report http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/88418 most BN stars camp in to ensure victory. Anwar has called this the “mother of all battles” and the illegal bookies are cashing on this by-election of Permatang Pauh.
Barisan Nasional’s heavy presence in Permatang Pauh, belies the fact that they need this victory as much as Anwar. Although a BN defeat in Permatang Pauh here will not impact national politics much nor change the landscape of Penang’s politics for now, Abdullah knows all too well that another loss here five months after the general election could mean that sentiments towards his coalition have not changed.
Anwars response is that he needs to better the majority achieved by his wife and PKR President in the last GE. But this time the BN will even throw the “KITCHEN SINK” in to stop Anwar winning this election as we know that the impossibility is always there in Politics. At odds 3-1 offered for above 15000 someone will stand to make in a lot of $$$$$$$ from this election result. I thought 3-1 was good odds what about this then Bookies have posted odds of 5-1 for a majority of 20,000. Who will put a stop to all this?
Anyway, the 58459 voters will know who to mark X come August 26th 2008. The bookies will be around for many other elections and this will not be the first time we hear about it. Its Malaysiabolehland Political icon Anwars quest and first step to Parliament and to fullfill his agenda to be the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Of course the BN machinery will use all its knowhows of ruling the country for 50 years to stop this charge. The last 3 days of campaigning will be intense and many will have high blood pressures after this by-elections.