TOMORROW will be the first time I will be voting. I couldn’t do so in 2008 as I was covering the campaign and election day in Kedah but this time around, I will be queuing up early Sunday morning to exercise my constitutional right,
The entire campaign period ahead of polling day tomorrow is a lot more riveting than before. High stakes are involved and the way the campaigns have been run is fascinating.
The usual billboards, posters and banners are around for all to see. Driving on the highways and roads will make it apparent just how coordinated and sophisticated the campaigning has been this time around.
Social media has been a big tool for people and politicians to reach out to. Political ads are a commonplace on the Internet. Helping politicians reach out to the public has been the proliferation of smartphones as many more are using such sophisticated devices than in 2008.
Most use such devices to follow the latest developments on Twitter and even on their Facebook. Messaging applications have also allowed groups of friends to discuss politics in ways not done before. The coffeeshop has gone virtual.
But the bread-and-butter methods of communicating is still being exercised. Newspapers, TV stations and radio are channels for political parties to convey their messages. Ceramahs are still being held although the weather has been the biggest enemy to voters who want to hear what candidates are saying in their constituencies. It’s as if the heavens are really testing voters in the evenings and nights if they are willing to weather the storm. Let’s hope the weather holds up tomorrow.
Once voting is concluded tomorrow, Malaysians will know who will be in power. It’s then time to close ranks and move forward.
The comments from CEOs espouse that thinking. Most wish for stability and progress. The right environment to conduct business is important as the business fraternity hates uncertainty.
In fact, much of Corporate Malaysia has been on election mode of late. Corporate announcements and activity have trickled to almost a halt and the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI yesterday dipped 18.69 points to 1694.77 as investors certainly cashed in their profits given the record levels the stock market was at. It will certainly be interesting to see what happens on Monday when the stock market starts trading.
It will also be interesting to see how the manifestos are then executed. Both sides have pledged to lavish big sums of money for the rakyat in trying to woo them.
l Acting business features editor Jagdev Singh Sidhu will be keenly watching the developments on Sunday.
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