Bagan Pinang Shows New Wave of People's Support for BN

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 (Bernama) -- The Barisan Nasional (BN) victory in the by-election for the Bagan Pinang state seat with a big majority yesterday shows a new wave is in the offing in regaining the people's support.

MCA vice-president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the result gave a "new breath" that would boost confidence in the ruling coalition, and the big majority also showed that the people were starting to return to the BN fold and welcoming the concept of 1Malaysia mooted by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

"This is a new wave that can bring development and benefits to the people. The victory also gave the government the confidence to continue to carry out transformation for the benefit of the people," he told reporters here on Monday.

He also congratulated Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad for defeating PAS' Zulkefly Mohamad Omar with a majority of 5,435 votes.

Mohd Isa garnered 8,013 votes against 2,578 won by Zulkefly.

For People's Progressive Party (PPP) president Datuk M. Kayveas, this also showed that the "popularity of the opposition is beginning to recede."

He said the win also showed that BN was still relevant and enjoyed the full confidence and support of all races.

"The win, being the first victory in the seven by-elections in Peninsular Malaysia since the March 2008 general election, would give renewed vigour for BN to work hard for the benefit of the people," he told Bernama.

Kayveas said the results also proved that the concept of 1Malaysia was effective and the people were responding positively.

Meanwhile, Kelantan Umno Liaison chairman Datuk Mustapa Mohamed said: "This also showed the people's confidence in the BN government led by the Prime Minister.

"I believe if the whole BN machinery, particularly Umno, worked harder and did not dance to the tune of the opposition, we will continue to get the people's support," he said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Umno Youth head Khairy Jamaluddin said PAS should accept the defeat gracefully without blaming their loss to the postal votes which they claimed had not been transparent.

The blame placed by PAS on the postal votes and the Election Commission showed that they had lost direction, he told reporters after attending the Discussion On Business Opportunities with GLCs (government-linked corporations) at the Hotel Seri Pacific, here.


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