Despite the violence and dirty tactics surrounding the Ijok by-election, Barisan Nasional won with a 1,850 majority.
BN’s MIC candidate K Parthiban “grabbed” 5,884 votes while Keadilan’s Khalid Ibrahim, 4,034.The majority, 1,850, is supposedly higher than the 2004 general election result, where BN won with a majority of 1,649. Both parties have increased their vote tally by around 500 votes, partly due to the higher turnout of voters and the absence of independents. The ruling coalition took 58.6% of the voters while PKR, 40.1%.
BN won in seven polling districts while PKR took Malay-majority Kampung Ijok and Chinese-majority Pekan Ijok.
A 4,034 number of votes cast for the Opposition is not a small figure. If the Opposition works harder, it may bode well for the party in the coming general elections.
It speaks well of Khalid, Anwar Ibrahim and Keadilan as a whole. So, do not be too disturbed. Take it as a motivation to move on with better strategies.
A supposedly big majority for the BN may be a blessing in disguise. Let the anger and frustration of the people grow day by day, and this time perhaps they will pay heed to what the ex-premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad says: “Do not vote for a rotten government”.
6.58 pm (malaysian time) Keadilan candidate Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim is doubtful now over the party’s chances of victory in this by-election.
“I don’t think we can win now,” he said. “It’s okay, Susan…it’s okay”.
Speaking to him over the phone, he added that the 80 percent over turn out of voters, the highest in by-election hsitory, is something he “can’t imagine”.
“I’ve done my part. I will accept the results,” he told me.
Khalid is planning a separate press conference later (at 9pm) to speak about the matter and said Keadilan will pursue the phantom voters issue with the Election Commission.