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Wed, 08/13/2008 - 15:43
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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 13 (Bernama) -- The prospective Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat should avoid engaging in "character assassination" as such tactic will not work in the current political scenario, according to a political analyst.

Dr Sivamurugan Pandian, a senior lecturer at Universiti Sains Malaysia's (USM) School of Social Science, said the BN candidate should focus on restoring the voters' confidence in the ruling coalition instead of attacking his opponent's personal character.

"The contest in Permatang Pauh this time is no longer an avenue for finding
fault and engaging in character assassination but a duel to win the people's
trust and confidence," he told Bernama Wednesday.

He said opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Anwar Ibrahim, who
will be contesting in the by-election on Aug 26 after his wife vacated the seat,
now had the highest degree of sympathy from the voters due to the sodomy charge
against him.

"If the potential BN candidate tries to attack Anwar's personal character
this time around, it will, somehow or other, gain the sympathy of the voters to
vote against BN," he said.

Nomination for the by-election is on Saturday.

Commenting on the BN's chances of winning the seat, Dr Sivamurugan said the
BN might have a tough time in wresting the seat this time around.

"The BN should field a local candidate who is clean from all aspects and
knows the plight of the voters well."

He also advised the potential BN candidate not to use "scientific language"
while talking to the voters.

A lecturer at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), S.Arutchelvan, said the
Permatang Pauh by-election was a national issue and had nothing to do with the
local issue.

He believed that the BN candidate would not have enough time to engage in
character assassination.

"The candidates have only 10 days to campaign prior to the polling day.
They might not have enough room to engage in personal attack this time,"he said.