PKR’S Sec Gen said it well: Stop reverting to the Barisan Nasional sense of hostile campaigning, it is old school and would be counter-productive to PKR's message of reforming the country.
What then is hostile campaigning?
One could be money politics fine-tuned to an art form by PKR’s former colleagues in UMNO.
Whilst PKR cannot boast of a treasure-chest, the possibility of money-politics cannot be brushed aside. One cannot discount this hydra rearing its ugly head. Old habits learnt from UMNO seem hard to shake off, even indelible? Some money-bags sensing an opportunity will start offering candidates cash in the guise of campaign funds that must/could be refunded in many forms.
Two PKR members, bought over, contributed significantly to the loss of Perak. Two PKR elected members in Penang using sabun donated by BN was sufficient for them to wash PKR dirty linen in public. Money invariably finds a willing receptacle.
PKR members should reject outright and expose any candidate tainted thus. PKR members should do the RIGHT thing RIGHT this FIRST time and ALL THE TIME.
This would be the RIGHT thing to do – REJECT and EXPOSE. Give us in the alternative media the evidence and we will help decapitate these hydras.
What else constitutes hostile campaigning?
Backstabbing and defaming. We are not interested in what you know about your rival’s insufficiencies, inefficiencies, foibles and faults. Instead tell us your VIRTUES, what can you deliver! Don’t just give us what you have. Give us WHAT WE WANT - a clean and trustworthy candidate.
Is declaring support like recently happened amongst PKR’s MP and State Aduns hostile campaigning?
It is! Typically UMNO! The candidate who cannot stand alone on his self-worth and self-esteem and needs to be breast-fed is not my measure of a candidate primed to take leadership. PKR members should send a clear message to these “backers” – mind your own backyard and let us be the judge as to who is a better leader. Theirs was a shameful manifestation unbecoming of people who want a place in Putrajaya.
Should any candidate need crutches like what the above MPs and Aduns pledged, then I say this to these: You just disqualified yourself, you are not wholesome, you need crutches and thus you are a handicapped candidate. If you are fighting fit, why do you need these steroids? Using these performance enhancing drugs is always illegal in a race. It is called CHEATING and thus undeniably hostile campaigning.
PKR members, do us Pakatan Rakyat supporters
VOTE IN AND GIVE US
NOT HANDICAPPED LEADERS