RANTAU: Polling day is never without the trademark drama and excitement as party supporters officially end their campaigning and wait for the voting to be over and the results to be announced.
Some, of course, continue to canvas for votes for their preferred candidates outside the polling centres although they are only supposed to indicate the number of the candidate on the ballot paper.
Checks by FMT outside SJK (T) Rantau, one of the 14 voting centres for today’s by-election, found as many as 50 party supporters gathered in two groups, one each for Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional.
Bracing the sweltering heat, the party supporters, armed with umbrellas, hand towels, drinks, selfie sticks and flags bearing the BN and PH logos, stopped cars and passersby and told them to vote for their candidate.
“Don’t forget,” said one PAS member clad in the party’s trademark green, “vote for Tok Mat and Barisan,” referring to BN’s Mohamad Hasan.
He stood alongside the BN supporters, all dressed in blue and carrying blue umbrellas with the coalition’s logo.
Others waved party flags and cheered as cars drove past.
“No. 4, No. 4,” screamed the PH supporters, referring to Dr Streram Sinnasamy, who is the fourth candidate on the ballot slip.
The rival groups also fired potshots at each other’s candidates.
“Where is your hospital?” someone from the BN side was heard saying, obviously poking fun at an old video posted by Streram last year in which he said there was no hospital in Rembau.
The video resurfaced during the election campaign.
Streram has since clarified that the hospital has not opened yet in Rembau, which comes under BN, and therefore it is of no use to Rantau folk as it cannot take in patients presently.
Someone from the PH camp fired back and said BN can get “lost” since its leaders continue to defend “Bossku”, referring to former prime minister Najib Razak, who has been slapped with criminal charges in relation to troubled 1MDB.
Another poked fun at Mohamad’s use of a money changer to transmit RM10 million to buy property in London in 2008 as opposed to using a bank.
“Where did he get the money from?” she said, as her friends clapped and cheered.
Mohamad has maintained innocence in the matter, saying the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had investigated him, and welcomed any fresh investigation into the decade-old scandal.
A BN supporter also said there has been no progress in Negeri Sembilan since PH took over the federal government.
Outside the SK Datuk Akhir Zaman polling centre in Pekan Rantau, two groups also gathered and told passing motorists and pedestrians to vote for their candidates.
One BN supporter sang “Oh oh oh janji hancur” to the tune of “Balik Kampung”, while another walked up and down with cardboard signs around his face and body saying PH has failed to fulfil its promises.
Voting ends at 5.30pm and the winner will be announced tonight.