I'm not a gambler. Taking bets on election results (always for fun) doesn't make me one. Does it???
Anyway, because I'm no gambler, I took a bet of RM50 that Anwar Ibrahim wins the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat.
It doesn't take a keen or seasoned political observer or a clairvoyant to make that conclusion.
So clear. A foregone conclusion....
And you're wondering who that loser was who took the bet with me?
But, okay. I'll mouth what everyone will hasten to remark -- "it's a matter of how much majority Anwar will get..."
Can Anwar garner more than the (more than) 13,000 majority as did his wife and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Ismail did in the March 8 general election?
Even the PKR camp has said that it would be tough for Anwar. We'll just have to wait and see, won't we?
Now...what's the oft-repeated line? A win is a win even by one vote. Or something like that.
(Of course, a very slim majority is another story for another day.)
*The three candidates for the Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat are Parti Keadilan Rakyat Adviser and de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, 61, Umno's Seberang Jaya state assemblyman Arif Shah Omar Shah, 52 and Mr Kacau Daun from Parti Angkatan Keadilan Insan Malaysia (Akim) Hanafi Mamat, 61.
Total number of voters: 58,459
Ordinary voters: 57,969
Postal voters: 490
Malays: 69.4 %
Indiana: 6 %