Sunday, August 24, 2008

Permatang Pauh : ARIF SHAH, My Wife Is A Naughty Girl

Source : Malaysiakini

‘My wife is a naughty girl’

The Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency houses three state seats - Permatang Pasir (PAS), Penanti (PKR) and Seberang Jaya (Umno), where Arif Shah has represented for two terms.

permatang pauh 230808 poster man 2The BN man faces PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim and Akim president Hanafi Hamat in a three-cornered fight. Polling is on Tuesday.

According to Arif Shah, Permatang Pasir is the major ‘black’ area, followed by Penanti.

Asked on the possibility of Hanafi taking votes of PAS supporters away from Anwar, Arif Shah said that would be something positive for him.

The BN candidate said he will cast his vote at the Sekolah Seberang Jaya (II) on polling day at exactly 8am, which he believed is an ‘auspicious’ time.

Clad in a blue BN shirt, Arif Shah appeared slightly fatigue during the press conference after eight days of non-stop campaigning but he entertained all questions from journalists passionately.

permatang pauh 2008 results for state and state seats 140808According to him, he had only sleep for two to three hours a day since nomination day last Saturday.

Despite the hectic schedule, Arif Shah said he wake up every morning to perform his subuh prayer.

“My wife is a naughty girl. She would wake me up at 6.30am. I’d thought she was waking me up for something else, but my wife said, ‘you need to go for prayers’. That somehow forced me to wake up (early),” he quipped.

There are 58,459 eligible voters in Permatang Pauh.

To ensure a higher voter turnout on the polling day, which is a working day, the Pakatan-led Penang state government has today declared a special holiday for Aug 26.

The seat was vacated by PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to pave the way for her husband Anwar to return to Parliament after a 10-year hiatus since his sacking from the government.