SIGNING OFF....SPECIAL THANKS TO SHANGHAI AND ARIF WHO WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE UPDATES.
THANKS ALSO TO THOSE WHO SENT IN MESSAGES.
THE THREE OF US CANNOT LEAVE LABIS AND NEITHER CAN WE GET INTO SEGAMAT.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO VOLUNTEERED
IN THIS CAMPAIGN.
PAS 2968 BN 6596 (820PM) MAJORITY 3628
2 DAP volunteers were detained for questioning and remains in the Tenang Police Station in Tenang Station. It has been over an hour since their detention. They went to make a police report on phantom voters.
VOTE BUYING IN TENANG?
When FMT surveyed a table in the school hall, there was a torn-up cash cheque of RM3,000, which was not addressed to anyone. On it was written: “MCA cawangan Tenang”.
But BN is harbouring a new fear: a “whispering campaign” is making the rounds among Malay women and this may cause BN significant votes.
Polling ends. Counting is expected to begin in
about an hour. EC expects results to be out by
Arif: On the way to Felda Tenang BY BOAT.
4:40pm voters turnout is at 68.68% or 10,133 voters.
I have reservations about the reported 65% voter turnout. Many polling stations have been cut off by flood waters and boats have just been deployed.
Arif: urgent boat rescue required at Jalan Ah Kiang near Payah Merah....
Please....if you can help alert the authorities.
Arif: Felda Tenang is totally inaccessible by vehicle. Voters can park at Payah Merah and army transport by BOAT is available. Syabas Tentera.
Shang: 52% at JKK Labis.....total voters 1274. Everybody is soaked....and I am looking for a modest location to pee.....if my pants is wet, as it is already, you know I had to take emergency measures.
Shang....do what comes naturally in such unnatural situation.....cheers buddy.
412pm: YB Salehudin Ayob just walked in. He tells me that 65% have voted....despite such harsh conditions. He also tells me that EC need not extend time of voting! Thats pretty harsh!
Arif: Police need to be called to man traffic 2km before Labis. Anyone staying near the Labis police station please relay this urgent news.
The flood has cut off the SMK Kamarul Ariffin, the polling center for Bandar Labis Tengah from the town area. Those registered to vote there are not able to vote at this time. The situation has not improved.
Arif: Road from Muar into Labis is cut off.
PLEASE DO NOT CALL ME.
I HAVE TO HANDLE SMS FROM ARIF AND STEPHEN AND WILL NOT BE ANSWERING ANY CALLS EXCEPT FROM OUR TWO ON THE ROAD.
IF YOU ARE NOT RECEIVING UPDATES FAST ENOUGH, BEAR WITH US AS WE ARE NOT WORKING UNDER IDEAL CONDITIONS. A BIT OF HELP WOULD HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE.....BUT WE WILL DO OUR BEST WITH WHAT WE HAVE....THANKS TO ARIF AND SHANGHAI.
TURNOUT OF CHINESE VOTERS IN LABIS TOWN IS WORRYING DAP. YB TEO'S TWEET IS URGING THEM TO COME OUT.
3:40pm Received this SMS: Agi Idup, agi ngalaban. May Allah bless you and your friends. Thank you 0127628926
Shang: Police wont allow us to proceed to Kg Redong, Pekan Ayer Panas.....road is blocked. I am knee-deep in water.
This by elections should be stopped until FAIR conditions prevail. I have received sms on discrimination in transporting voters to poll stations. SEVERAL POLLING STATIONS ARE INACCESSIBLE. THIS IS NOT A FAIR BY ELECTIONS AND THIS IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE DEPENDENCE OF THE EC ON THE BN. Pakatan Rakyat must initiate a protest to the EC to stop this travesty.
Whilst Arif and Shanghai find their way around HERE are events as reported by Malaysiakini early on.
Shang: I am going around in circles! Need GPS badly!
Arif: Chemplak Barat turnout 63%...official.
Shang: Extension of voting time on sms is a hoax. Hishamuddin also caugh in this crawl. He came out of his car waving....no kris.
Shang: i cant move....news that a bridge collapsed near Bandar Labis Tengah.I am turning back to Labis town.
TODAY, i experienced Murphy's Law (what can happen will happen) from the word GO. Arif is overing the Tenang district and Shanghai from Sawar Baru to Chemplak.
At the DAP centreI lost connectivity.....the phone just went kaput.
Am now at the PAS media centre and we are ready to roll. The rain of course has not abated. Arif could not get out from Kampong Redong as a tree got uprooted. The army is doing all they can to clear the road. Shanghai is completely drenched but carrying on.
WHAT THEY REPORTED EARLIER
Arif: At Tenang Station turnout was just 12%.
Shang: caught in a massive crawl and just arrived at Bandar Labis Timor....voter turnout less than 15%.
Arif: Sawar Baru main road is not accessible....flood at chest level and inaccessible to passenger cars....thank God we have Desmond's Discovery. Voter turnout seems to be some 60%.
Shang: I can't move. Watching a good smaritan untie five cattle that would be drowned if not for this stranger....locals say he is not owner of the cattle. Good omen?
SOME BACKGROUNDThere are 12 polling districts, each with a polling station. This rural state seat in northern Johor consists of three Felda settlements, five traditional Malay kampong, three Chinese new villages, 25 modern residential areas, one government quarters, four Indian estates and two Orang Asli villages.
Malays make up 47.5 percent of the total voters, followed by Chinese (39 percent), Indians (12 percent) and other races (1.3 percent).