Bagan Pinang: PAS rebels
Wednesday October 14, 2009
Mukhriz: ‘PAS votes’ may have led to big BN win
KUALA LUMPUR: Dissatisfaction among PAS supporters with the party’s choice of candidate in Bagan Pinang could have swung votes in favour of Barisan Nasional, said Jerlun MP Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir.
This, he added, could have contributed to Barisan’s thumping 5,435-vote majority.
Furthermore, Barisan candidate Tan Sri Isa Samad was well-known and well-liked in the state, he said.
He also said that it was not unusual for Barisan candidates to get PAS votes during elections.
“In Jerlun, where I contested the parliamentary seat, PAS members and supporters’ votes contributed to our landslide majority.
“As we get support from across the political divide, we must serve and look into the welfare of all rakyat,” he said.
On PAS’ threat to dispute the by-election results in court, Mukhriz said it was not proper for PAS leaders to cry foul as Isa won fair and square.
On the proposed amendments to Umno’s constitution to be tabled during the party’s general assembly tomorrow, Mukhriz said it was pertinent for the party to maintain its focus on its original struggles.