KUCHING: The Barisan Nasional’s (BN’s) victory in the Pengkalan Kubor by-election reflects the people’s strong faith in the coalition government.
State BN secretary-general Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi Utom said Mat Razi Mat Ali’s ability to retain the seat for the party with an increased majority clearly showed voters turning to BN.
“Definitely yes, more so when BN defeated PKR (Parti Keadilan Rakyat) in the last 13th general election, and now the victory against PAS (Parti Islam Se-Malaysia) with a higher majority,” Dr Rundi, who is Assistant Minister of Public Utilities (Electricity and Telecommunications), told thesundaypost.
Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) supreme council member Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah concurred with Dr Rundi.
“The increased majority victory of the BN candidate is a reflection of a strong faith shown by the people in the area (Pengkalan Kubor), and this faith does include those from Sarawak, which has always been a bastion for BN,” said the Assistant Minister of Housing (Housing Development and Tribunal).
Karim said he believed this faith would translate into victory for BN in the next state election.
In the Pengkalan Kubor by-election, Mat Razi defeated Wan Rosdi Wan Ibrahim of PAS and independent Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary with a 2,635-vote majority, an increase of 899 votes compared to the previous election.
The by-election was held following the death of BN’s three-term assemblyman Datuk Noor Zahidi Omar in August due to cancer.