On the nomination day, I was there early at 8.45am. At the nomination centre I met Chia Kwang Chye's brother, Chia Loong Thye, who is contesting the state seat of Tanjung Bungah. It was a seat held by the outgoing chief minister Dr Koh Tsu Koon.
I tried to coax Loong Thye to go on camera for a short interview on his chances but he refused to do so. He is probably camera shy for a first timer.
Dr Teng Hock Nan arrived 10 minutes later in a 'dacing' (BN logo) patterned shirt. He greeted his supporters and moment later Chia Kwang Chye walked in. He was immediately greeted by supporters. The four Gerakan candidates and a MCA candidate were hoisted up a pick up truck to address their supporters.
All five of them shouted "Gimme 5", an election rally coined since 2004 as a battle cry for BN. In 2004, voters responded by voting in all 5 candidates into parliament and state assembly. However, rumours are circulating that both Chia and Dr Teng's relationship is tensed since the former exit from the CMship race. Of course, Dr Teng denied their rift in The Star yesterday.
However, it was obvious that the spirit is a bit somber even though a CM designate, Dr Teng Hock Nan, is contesting the Pulau Tikus state assembly seat. With 13 more days to go, I am sure the trail will be on fire.
Last night I went to a political rally organised by PKR. The atmosphere was electrifying when both Lim Guan Eng and Anwar Ibrahim arrived. The Bukit Bendera battle promises a lot of excitement.
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