Using Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s logic, rakyat is for the leadership Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak because the former said the simultaneous Parliamentary by-elections in Sg Besar and Kuala Kangsar is the rakyat’s referendum to support or reject the UMNO President/BN Chairman.
The Star story:
Saturday, 18 June 2016 | MYT 7:22 PM
BN sweeps to victory in Sg Besar and Kuala Kangsar
PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional retained both the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar parliamentary seats with higher majorities.
The official count for Sungai Besar as of 9pm is Barisan garnering 10,572 votes with PAS getting 4,507 votes and Amanah 4,323.
In the 2013 general election, Barisan won the seat with a razor-thin 399 votes.
In Kuala Kangsar, Barisan’s tally stood at 12,332 votes with PAS getting 5,634, Amanah 4,865, and Independent 58.
Not only did Barisan retain both seats with higher majority, the Chinese votes also swung back to the Barisan. PAS did well in rural polling streams while Amanah garnered DAP votes in town areas.
The Sungai Besar by-election sees a three-way fight between Barisan Nasional’s Budiman Mohd Zohdi, who is also a Sungai Panjang assemblyman, PAS’ Dr Abdul Rani Osman who is also a Meru assemblyman, and Parti Amanah Negara’s Azhar Abdul Shukur.
In Kuala Kangsar, it is between Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid of Barisan Nasional, Dr Najihatussalehah Ahmad of PAS, Prof Dr Ahmad Termizi Ramli of Parti Amanah Negara and Independent candidate Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary.
The master wizard Dr. Mahathir’s crystal ball is clouded. Probably out of being a man-possessed and the mixture of his hatred and obsession against Prime Minister Najib totally overpowered his best judgment.
The Third BN Chairman never admitted defeat in all the manoeuvres failed miserably of his open war to oust Prime Minister Najib since fifteen months ago.
Tun Dr. Mahathir even took Prime Minister Najib to court, in the political stunt to attract attention.
Even in the landslide BN victory (72 out of 82 DUN seats) in the recently concluded Sarawak State Election, Tun Dr. Mahathir had the audacity to insult Sarawakians that “Najib is now the slave for Sarawak. It is not about BN victory. This is the result for Sarawak State Election”.
Tun Dr. Mahathir is now officially an Opposition after demonstrating treachery against UMNO/BN which he led for over 22 years by campaigning for Amanah candidates in both Parliamentary constituencies, literally hand in hand with Opposition leaders such as Mat Sabu and Lim Kit Siang.
Even the Chinese voters are coming back to vote BN. It is clear they distrust the joint venture between lifelong nemesis Dr Mahathir-Lim Kit Siang.
This is on top of some of Chinese views that Dr. Mahathir and Lim Kit Siang is sabotaging their economy. This will affect them especially they are beginning to buy into some of Prime Minister Najib’s economic transformation plan.
Tun Dr. Mahathir also demonstrated gutter politics whilst campaigning in Sg Besar and Kuala Bangsar. This is actually a digression from his stature seemingly as a Statesman for demeaning the good office of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong for refusal to grant him audience for present his doubtful “1.4 million signatories of Deklarasi Rakyat”.
Considering the challenges of the holy month of Ramadan, BN’s improved majority in both constituencies and clean political campaign concentrating on the constituents and local development issues is a clear proof that despite Tun Dr. Mahathir’s dirty politics and joint venture with the Opposition failed to win the support of the rakyat.
It is without a doubt that Malaysia should be behind Prime Minister Najib to move forward for the betterment of the nation and sailing through the global economic and geo-political storm instead of bickering through very unproductive gutter politics and slanders.
Sg Besar by-election
BN 16,800 votes
PAN 7,609 votes
PAS 6,902 votes
Majority 9,191 (BN majority against PAN + PAS 2,289). 13GE BN majority was 399 votes.
Kuala Kangsar by-election
BN 12,332 votes
PAN 4,865 votes
PAS 5,634 votes
Majority 6,698 (BN majority against PAN + PAS 1,775). 13GE BN majority was 1,082 votes.
PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK HAILS LANDSLIDE ELECTION WINS
1. I am grateful to the people for putting their faith in Barisan Nasional again. As a mid-term government being targeted by unprecedented politically-motivated slander, we are especially humbled that we received such landslide results. Our official majority in Kuala Kangsar was 6,969, compared to 1,082 in the 2013 general election; and 9,191 in Sungai Besar, compared to 399 in 2013.
2. Tun Mahathir Mohamad turned the elections into a referendum on my leadership. He campaigned for his former enemies in the opposition, dishonourably smearing his own party with crude language and claiming to speak on behalf of the people. But this betrayal was motivated by personal interest, not the national interest.
3. Now, with these two huge majority wins, and BN’s landslide 72 out of 82 seat Sarawak election win last month, the people have shown their confidence for and trust in BN. They rejected Tun Mahathir’s lies, they rejected his unworkable coalition of former enemies, and they rejected the incoherent opposition – partly because of their alignment with Tun Mahathir.
4. I would like to thank all the BN machinery, well led by Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. BN succeeded because we worked as a team. We prevailed, and, if we continue to work tirelessly for the people and remain united, we will always prevail.
5. As long as I am Prime Minister, the interests of the people will come first. We will deliver on our promises to them. My priority will continue to be the economic welfare, social wellbeing and security of all Malaysians.
PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
18th June 2016
The Star story:
Sunday, 19 June 2016 | MYT 12:02 AM
Najib: People reject Dr Mahathir’s lies
BY TAN YI LIANG
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PETALING JAYA: The big wins secured by Barisan Nasional in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections showed that the people rejected Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pix).
Expressing his gratitude to the voters for putting their faith in Barisan, the Prime Minister said they rejected Dr Mahathir’s lies, “they rejected his unworkable coalition of former enemies and they rejected the incoherent opposition – partly because of their alignment with Mahathir.”
Najib said Dr Mahathir had turned the elections into a referendum on his leadership, “campaigning for his former enemies in the Opposition and dishonourably smearing his own party with crude language and claiming to speak on behalf of the people in his own interests.”
“As a mid-term government being targeted by unprecedented politically-motivated slander, we are especially humbled that we received such landslide results.
“Our official majority in Kuala Kangsar was 6,969 compared to 1,082 in the 2013 general election; and 9,191 in Sungai Besar compared to 399 in 2013,” Najib in a statement on Saturday.
Najib said that with these huge majorities and Barisan’s landslide 72 out of 82 seat wins in the Sarawak election last month, the people have shown their confidence for and trust in Barisan.
“I would like to thank all the BN machinery, well led by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“BN succeeded because we worked as a team. We prevailed, and, if we continue to work tirelessly for the people and remain united, we will always prevail,” said Najib.
“As long as I am Prime Minister, the interests of the people will come first. We will deliver on our promises to them. My priority will continue to be the economic welfare, social well-being and security of all Malaysians,” said Najib.