PERMATANG PAUH, May 8 – In this 17 years of by-election, PKR have reducing their majority of vote at Permatang Pauh. It was something happy and proud of by Barisan Nasional but the the opposition won the by-election due to PKR have successfully exploited national issues during its election campaign.

“The issues of implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) should have been better explained by the BN, since these factors are against the coalition of voters which national issues affected the vote,” said Assoc Prof Dr Sivamurugan Pandian from Universiti Sains Malaysia’s political analyst.

“However, BN should not be satisfied, but to work harder to ensure the effective combating the negative perceptions and views on the issue of the opposition National sensational victory in the 14th general election,” he added. In Permatang Pauh by-election saw PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail won a majority seats and votes in 8841, when she received 30,316 votes to defeat BN candidate Suhaimi Sabudin , who received 21,475 votes.

The other two candidates, Saleh Isaac (Independent) and Azman Shah Othman (Parti Rakyat Malaysia) to obtain 367 and 101 vote respectively to vote with the 843 votes spoiled.  According to the statistics of the by-election this time, the votes in favour of PKR fell by 1.39 percent which received 30,316 votes or 57.04 percen compared to  37,090 votes (58.43 percent) obtained by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PKR) in the 13th general election (13th GE).

BN obtained a total of 21,475 votes (40.4 percent) from the 25369 votes (39.97 percent) that it had received a slight increase in the percentage of 13th GE. According to The Election Committee (EC), 80% of the target voter turnout is not achieved, only 74% chose to vote.

“It was difficult for BN to win the constituency due to the Anwar factor. Although the BN managed to reduce the local issues in the region, it is not enough  for the party to cause an upset because voters are still preoccupied with the legacy of Anwar, said Prof. Dr. Ahmed Atory Hussain, Faculty of Human Ecology Lecturer from Universiti Putra Malaysia.

“They still want an Anwar legacy. PKR uphold the principle remains strong, so that they do not willing to abstain the voting for the BN candidate. I think the voters who did not come out to vote, because some of them are not satisfied with the current leading issues. The current issues were also exploited well. It has a big impact which existence with the issues of GST and 1MDB. It was unfortunate for BN that these issues are trending when they are facing the by-election,” he added. 

He said the BN should be addressed immediately asked the party to maintain its position in the general election to the issue. Commenting BN’s candidate for the by-election, Ahamd Atory said Suhaimi based the station on the promise of passion and dedication in the political arena is a good chance that he showed during the by-election.

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