31/3 Ban on bringing up Altantuya case and Perak Sultan decision in campaigning was by Home Ministry and covers all 3 by-elections: Syed Hamid/STARWe arrived in Ipoh about 7 pm yesterday (Tuesday). On the way, I got the sms about the ban. The three of us - A Voice, Bujai and I - agreed it was a stupid move. After a simple dinner in the city, we drove up into Bukit Gantang via the Kuala Kangsar exit.
We were lucky. In the same hour, we caught ceramahs by both Pakatan Rakyat and Barisan Nasional.
And know what? Ahmad Sabu of PAS was going on and on and on about Altantuya Sharibuu. He was calling for a Special Commission to investigate Najib Razak's involvement in her death. There was no respect whatsoever for the ban issued by Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar. Ahmad Sabu was even singing a tune "Altantuya, Altantuya". Damn!
A few hundred meters away from the PAS ceramah, Perak Menteri Besar Zambery Kadir was holding a ceramah. Anwar Ibrahim's former blue-eyes and PKR youth leader Ezam Mohd Nor and BN candidate for the Bukit Gantang parliamentary seat Ismail Sapian were present.
And guess what? Zambery was going on and on and on about how PAS and Pakatan Rakyat are using Bukit Gantang to get back at the Sultan of Perak and Barisan Nasional for the loss of the Perak state to the BN. "The court case filed by Saudara Nizar against me, for example. Is it really against me? I did not appoint me as MB of Perak. Who appointed me? The Sultan of Perak appointed me. So who is Saudara Nizar going against?"
Maybe both sides haven't heard about the ban?
Update: What is Syed Hamid Up To?