KUALA LUMPUR Faced with overwhelming odds in a David vs Goliath fight as she is up against the machinery and resources of a full minister, PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim believes his daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar has a tough battle ahead of her.
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"Nurul Izzah (must) work doubly hard considering the forces against her," Anwar (right) said at a press conference in Petaling Jaya today.

"With huge funds and government machinery, the Dewan Bandaraya (Kuala Lumpur) fully geared to assist the minister who is personally rich.”

Even so, he believes that his eldest daughter is ready to take up the challenge in defending her seat.

"I think she is being realistic, she is working very hard."

The incumbent Lembah Pantai MP is facing a strong challenge in the form of caretaker Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin.
Nong Chik, who has been lobbying for the seat since before the dissolution of Parliament, has been going on the ground using ministerial resources at his command to solve long outstanding woes of Lembah Pantai folks which dated back decades when BN held the seat.

However, Nurul is no greenhorn when it comes to a tough fight as the “giant-killer” won the seat in 2008 by defeating then-federal minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in her maiden electoral appearance.

Nurul and Nong Chik are locked in a pitched battle for the Malay-majority seat as banners, posters and party flags blanket the area and both candidates maintain a feverish schedule of ceramah and walkabouts to swing support their way.

‘Big crowds don’t show actual support’

Meanwhile on an unrelated matter, Anwar today conceded that big turnouts at Pakatan ceramah is not a real indicator of electoral support.

“Not necessarily, you are rght there,” he responded to a query on whether there is a disconnect between large crowds and actual voter support.

NONEHowever, he pointed out that the large crowds at Pakatan ceramahs do give a measure of confidence to the opposition pact.

“We don’t provide buses, free food, and we don’t provide RM20 allowance like some do, they come of their own volition and this is encouraging.”

Anwar said a measure that is more important is the house-to-house canvassing and campaigning on the ground.

Pakatan have had some successes in drawing large crowds to their ceramahs since nomination day, leading to speculation by pundits that this indicates an upswell of support for the opposition.

~ Malaysiakini