KLANG: The Barisan Nasional (BN) has described the Sungai Kandis by-election results as a good sign for the coalition.
Its deputy chairman Mohamad Hasan said this was because there was no vast difference in the number of votes received by the coalition in the by-election when compared to the ones garnered in the 14th general election (GE14).
“I thought we would be badly defeated tonight but the results proved otherwise, as we managed to obtain 75% of the over 11,000 votes garnered in the GE14.
“The result is much better compared to the votes obtained by PH (Pakatan Harapan). We expected them to poll about 18,000 votes but they only received over 15,000 votes which is actually a drop from the GE14 results, ” he said at the BN main operation room here last night.
Also present was BN candidate in the Sungai Kandis by-election, Lokman Noor Adam.
Elaborating further, Mohamad said that the low voter turnout was also a form of protest against the PH government following their failure to fulfil their GE14 election pledges.
“Perhaps the only advantage of the PH candidate is that he is a local living in the constituency and therefore better known by the community here,” he said.
Meanwhile, Lokman said that although the by-election results were not in BN’s favour, it signalled the start of the people’s uprising.
“Do not despair as we lost by a narrow margin and the results prove that the party is still relevant in the eyes of the people. The opposition is still needed so that the people’s voices can be heard,” he said.
Meanwhile, Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari said there were lessons learnt from the Sungai Kandis election.
“Among the reasons for the low percentage in voter turnout is that there is no urgency or spirit to bring down a government like during the last general election, the by-election being just after the general election and voters feeling comfortable with the present government.
“Apart from that, the factor of polling day being on Saturday should also be taken into account, where many of those working are not able to return to vote,” he said.
According to the Election Commission (EC), the voter turnout for the Sungai Kandis by-election was only 49.4%. There are 51,230 voters in the constituency.
In the three-cornered fight for the Sungai Kandis state assembly seat, PKR candidate Mohd Zawawi Ahmad Mughni polled 15,427 votes while Lokman obtained 9,585 votes and independent candidate K Murthy only managed 97 votes.