The hand-outs by Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Ak Numpang were timed perfectly well to coincide with the run-up to the by-election in Batang Ai. With very little doubt, the synergistic effects would all go to BN.
Calling it a bonus for the outboard engine owners, the local press gave a front-page coverage to this all-happy bonanza at the height of the by-election fever. Even if you are not a recipient, you would probably get a contagion of it!
The goodies and sweeties are in the form of rebates for outboard engines in Batang Ai. To call them goodies and sweeties are more than apt - the rebates range from RM350 to RM705, depending on the horse power of the engines.
It was an all-smile give-away ceremony. Jabu would not let it slip by without hitting out hard at the opposition.
From all perspectives, the rebates were election-motived. You may call it a rakyat-orientated project for the benefits of the folks in Batang Ai, but, alas, the timing of it was so fishy that we couldn't help to unmask the sweeties and goodies.
It is a tossing game for the electorate in Batang Ai. Between BN and PR, a choice has to be made! The voters there would have a good time to balance their thinking before casting their votes.