Dengan dukacita, kami daripada lapan organisasi masyarakat madani Pulau Pinang terpaksa membatalkan debat terbuka yang dijadualkan pada 4 Mei jam 8 malam bagi calon-calon pilihan raya kecil Permatang Pauh.
Barring massive electoral fraud, Anwar is one by-election and two weeks short of returning to Parliament. When he does, he’d be the Opposition Leader of a second coalition, says Khoo Boo Teik. After that people would want to know if he’d really form a new Federal government in mid-September as he has declared, promised, or threatened.
In our cover story, Khoo Boo Teik discusses the significance of three recent elections involving small towns and goes on to the suggest that Permatang Pauh could be a major political battleground whose outcome may have national significance. For many Malaysians, Permatang Pauh’s mission, come 26 August, is more than about returning Anwar to Parliament. This town has a national choice to make.