*news follow up*
Now that Umno and BN have chosen Wan Farid all we can do is just pray the opposition will not win for the sake of Najib's good name, for if BN lose Najib will be blamed, as another attempt to besmirch him. For as far as I can tell this Wan Farid will always be as arrogant as he will always be vis-a-vis the rakyat, especially those from Pulau Duyung!
And this is about the coming by-election in Kuala Terengganu (KT) and Umno and BN is about to make that same shit mistake again but on different days, if they decided to place Senator Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh as BN candidate against Pas.
As a columist from NST rightly wrote in her column "fielding winnable candidates is usually the top priority for political parties in any electoral battle" but in this case a mistake is about to be made again when one hand does not know what the other hand is doing.
I now personally urged Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak not to listen to his so called "close" adviser to choose Wan Ahmad Farid as a candidate for the KT by election candidate for BN will surely lose. For Umno to maintain KT as Umno stronghold, it must choose a candidate of the same caliber as the late Datuk Razali Ismail who died on Nov 28.
"Anybody but this Wan Ahmad Farid. The late Razali is much respected by the KT voters and Umno had better get it shit together by finding a candidate of similar stature as the late Razali or close enough. But Wan Ahmad Farid is a no no!" said one very respected and frustrated Umno politician.
These are among the common considerations before a voter makes that all-important cross on a ballot paper. It is, therefore, vital that a party selects a candidate who meets most, if not all, of the voters' principal criteria.
But voters also include party members, who must be happy with the candidate their party selects. It is well known that candidates often lose their seats not because the party is weak but because they are sabotaged by dissatisfied party members......there are fears that the deputy home minister's association with one of the unpopular projects in Terengganu -- the Monsoon Cup, in which his elder brother, former state executive councillor Datuk Wan Hisham, was directly involved -- will be a liability to UMNO".
The NST columnist also wrote that Wan Hisham, Wan Ahmad Farid's brother, was ousted as Ladang assemblyman last March by Pas' Datuk Tengku Hassan Tengku Omar, who won the state seat by 31 votes.
She wrote that Wan Ahmad Farid's close links with outgoing Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi's family has always been an issue with locals.
"Internal bickering continues in Terengganu UMNO over several issues, including the menteri besar's move to forbid his state exco members contesting in UMNO divisional elections. UMNO is in a dilemma, as selecting either a pro-Ahmad or a pro-Idris candidate could weaken the party's local election machinery.
Kuala Terengganu has been said to be one of the classic swing seats in Malaysia; not a safe seat for either BN or the opposition. The parliamentary seat, always a traditional battleground of UMNO and PAS, went from being a BN seat in 1986, winning with majority 3,324 votes, to a Semangat 46 seat in 1990 (majority 1,880).
It then reverted to BN in 1995 (majority 4,852) before going to PAS in 1999 (majority 14,488) and then back to the BN again in 2004 (majority 1,933).
BN retained the seat in the 2008 elections (majority 628).
Both UMNO and PAS, therefore, have to treat this seat with caution. Perhaps letting voters know their candidate in advance would be an advantage, as the electorate -- 88 per cent Malay and about 11 per cent Chinese -- would have time to consider which prospective MP they think would be better."