Victory That Means Nothing June 6, 2009Posted by malaysianstory in A New Chapter, By Election, Penanti ByElection.
Tags: Malaysian Story, Penanti By Election, PKR
Anwar Ibrahim said the mandate given by the people to PKR in the Penanti by-election was highly encouraging.
His statement was rebuffed by the Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Yusof who replied that it was the worst voters turnout in Malaysia’s election history since 1955.
The hype, sentiments, propaganda and emotions attempted by PKR and Anwar during the campaign period failed to arouse voters as the turnout said it all.
Only 7,101 of the 15, 384 registered voters or 46.15% cast their votes at the nine polling stations during the by-election.
As expected, PKR’s Dr Mansor Othman (did he really obtain his doctorate on merit) won by beating three independent candidates. He was subsequently appointed Penang DCM1.
So, what is Anwar shouting about? His rhetoric that the people are sending strong message to Putrajaya and blah, blah, blah did not reflect the real sentiment of the rakayat.
PKR could not even obtain 50% support in their home turf, Penanti despite the absence of Barisan Nasional.
In fact, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said PKR’s win is no big deal and cannot be used to gauge its popularity because the party was only challenged by independent candidates.
He said it was also hardly an encouraging win as only less than half of the voters in the constituency cast their votes.
”It is not a victory to be proud of,” he told the Malaysian pressmen covering the Asean-South Korea Commemorative Summit here yesterday.
Mansor garnered 6,052 votes. Independents Nai-Kan Ari obtained 494 votes while Aminah Abdullah and Kamarul Ramizu obtained 392 and 56 votes respectively.
It was also not much of a victory for Mansor because he obtained less votes than his predecessor, former Penang Chief Minister 1 Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin..
In the general election last year, Mohammad Fairus won the seat by polling 7,346 votes, beating Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Abdul Jalil Abdul Majid with a majority of 2,219 votes.