PORT DICKSON: PKR said the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government has taken heed of the people’s message in the Semenyih by-election but that it is bound by limitations in the administration of the country.
PKR president Anwar Ibrahim said that given time, the people would understand why the government is taking so long to carry out certain measures.
The Port Dickson MP also said the defeat in the by-election gave PH an idea of the sentiments of the people, especially the Malays.
“We must take these into consideration and carry out our duty well. PH should represent the sentiments, needs and aspirations of all the races in Malaysia,” Bernama quoted him as saying at his Chinese New Year open house here last night.
Anwar said that although Semenyih had been wrested from PH, Selangor and the federal government were firmly in the coalition’s hands.
He said the party would study the trend of the voters but added that Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s effort in bringing change to the people could not be seen in a short span of time.
Anwar’s wife, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who was also present at the open house, agreed that the issues presented by the people must be thought in depth.
“We have a democratic system. We have choices and we want the people to know we do out best for them,” the deputy prime minister said.
Barisan Nasional won the Semenyih state seat after its candidate, Zakaria Hanafi, defeated PH’s Muhammad Aiman Zainali and two others with a majority of 1,914 votes.