Good attendance at Pakatan ceramah is encouraging and it gives a sense that people are listening and want to and willing to listen. Essentially the “feel good” feel helps.
This is the 17 elections I have covered and I would like to volunteer an observation…. maybe make a stand, why not!
I have always believed: PEOPLE DO NOT CARE WHO YOU ARE, WHAT YOU KNOW, UNTIL THEY KNOW THAT YOU CARE.
The electorate come to your ceremahs. They come with their umbrellas. Some come with their own plastic stools to sit out the 3-4 hours of speeches. This can be taxing. They made the effort to COME TO YOU. Reciprocate by GOING DOWN TO THEM. SHOW THEM THAT YOU CARE. They have been listening to you….it is your turn to give them your EARS.
Husting and Stumping, aka ceremahs affords only a one-way communication. When you go down to the people, you go to where they live, know the conditions they live under, and the environment shaping their day to day living. That is real and feedback is firsthand. I am saying that in between going to the hustings….candidates should do walk-abouts at least twice a day. That is one way you send the message to your voters, (some of whom have not made up their minds,) that you appreciate the effort they made coming out at night for ceremahs and your visits to them is to reciprocate their spending time with you during your ceremahs. Nothing like “pressing flesh” and being able to listen to them in their surroundings.
Just my thoughts……if it is of any worth.