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Just got back from BN’s big event in Lucky Garden, Bangsar. Dinner was provided but only about 35 people turned up. With no real record to run on and with so many scandals to keep quiet about, the BN speakers said they came to listen to the concerns of the residents. If BN really cared about their concerns, they wouldn’t have waited for an election to find out.

No mention about the overdevelopment in Bangsar or the increasing traffic congestion in the area. But then, most of that we owe to Tengku Adnan, UMNO’s very own Federal Territories minister. He was legendary for ignoring the concerns of residents in favour of big developers. 

The special guest was a former UMNO MP from the 1990’s. He spent most of his time taking voters down memory lane; he clearly lost the plot. Not a single proposal or idea about what BN could do for the people of Bangsar.

No speakers from MCA or MIC either in this mixed constituency; wonder what happened to BN solidarity. Guess MCA and MIC are all very busy trying to save themselves from oblivion. 

And by the way, all the UMNO speakers spoke in English. No effort to emulate Ismail Sabri’s quest to elevate Bahasa Melayu. When votes are at stake, all that bombast about promoting the national language is just an inconvenient detail I suppose.

Anyway, what a contrast to the Pakatan event a week ago. Heavy hitters from DAP came to support PKR’s Fahmi Fadzil. No meals were provided but a much bigger and more enthusiastic crowd was there. Lots of clapping, lots of loud cheering.

I may be wrong, but I think BN has lost the battle for Bangsar without even a fight.  If this is what it is like in the rest of the country, it’s bye-bye BN.

[Dennis Ignatius | Kuala Lumpur | 15th November 2022]