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Rural vote under grip of money, intimidation

Kuek Ser Kuang Keng

Published
Modified 9 Apr 2011, 9:23 am

ANALYSIS While DAP ceramah in urban centres are magnets for thousands, indicating a possible clean sweep of all seats there, in contrast, the PKR campaigners in rural constituencies are struggling hard to turn traditional BN supporters against the politics of development, money and fear.

Pervasive poverty has made rural voters very vulnerable to financial enticement compared to the urbanite. Most families in the interior earn between RM100 to RM500 per month and a significant number of longhouses and villages are still without treated water and power supply.

The opposition often complains that their hard work in the constituency is destroyed by BN's last-minute 'money assault'.

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