You can probably spot Saiful Bukhairy along Jalan Permatang Pauh, actually within the premises of the UMNO operations centre.
Did Saiful lie when he said that he did not want to politicse the matter of his sodomy case by Anwar Ibrahim?
It was a private matter between him and his employer, he added, and he will not be campaigning in the constituency, which has Anwar pitted against UMNO’s Arif Shah.
I was around UMNO Permatang Pauh centre last night when I spotted Saiful. He “appeared” on a big screen, which daily show ‘movies’ such as who are ‘traitors of Islam and the Malay race”. The Inter Faith Council was their first target after campaign period kicked off on Saturday, nomination day.
It seems UMNO is really capitalising on his presence to capture whatever failing support they have.
But their opponent, Anwar is as exuberant as ever as he spoke at the crowded Mini Stadium in Bandar Perda in Permatang Rawa last night. Will he and Saiful bump into each other?
Others have “seen” Saiful, too, like Joceline Tan from the STAR: ‘Saiful appears to garner votes‘;
But the Umno camp has grabbed attention along the street with the nightly appearance of Saiful Bukhari Azlan, or rather, the nightly screening of Saiful Bukhari Azlan swearing on the Quran that he was sodomised by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. The video has been played over and over again on the screen through the night.
By now, most people in the vicinity would probably have memorised the actual words recited by Saiful, including the highly-explicit phrase of how Anwar had put his **** into Saiful’s ****.
Some found the explicit part in bad taste, others thought it was plain vulgar. A few thought the 23-year-old boy was trying to further sensationalise the issue.
Still, Saiful looked earnest and even more handsome on the big screen. The camera, as they say, loves him.
Joceline can “fall in love” with Saiful, but I don’t think we can.
The others who might have sighted Saiful were two well-known bloggers who are from ALIRAN:
You can’t hide forever, Mus!