PONTIAN: Pakatan Harapan’s candidate for the Tanjung Piai parliamentary by-election, Karmaine Sardini, said that he even though he lost, he would soldier on for the people and his party.
Met by reporters at PH’s main operations room at Eco Rambah here, the Tanjung Piai PPBM division chairman said PH would carry out a post-mortem on the by-election outcome.
“I accept the people’s choice. They have decided, we have to accept it. I will soldier on,” he said.
The six-cornered contest saw Barisan Nasional candidate Wee Jeck Seng win by a 15,086-vote majority.
The former two-term Tanjung Piai MP polled 25,466 votes against 10,380 garnered by Karmaine.
The other four candidates lost their deposits for securing less than one-eighth or 12.5% of the total votes.
Gerakan’s Wendy Subramaniam managed to secure only 1,707 votes, followed by Badhrulhisham Abdul Aziz of Berjasa (850), and independents Ang Chuan Lock (380) and Faridah Aryani Abdul Ghaffar (32).
Wee said he would serve the constituents with full commitment.
“Although I will be an opposition MP, I will look into how to implement programmes for the benefit of the people,” he said.
Badrulhisham described his defeat as a dignified one because he received 850 votes, while Ang was satisfied that he polled 380 votes and thanked those who supported him.