Malays rejecting PPBM and DAP in by-elections shaken the popularity of the PH government

PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin speaks to a press conference after a meeting with Bersatu and community leaders ahead of the Semenyih state by election — Bernama
PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin speaks to a press conference after a meeting with Bersatu and community leaders ahead of the Semenyih state by-election — Pic by Bernama

Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) shocking defeat in the recent two by-elections namely Semenyih on March 2 and Cameron Highlands on January 26 has shown that majority Malay voters today reject both the Malaysian United Indigenous Party or PPBM and Democratic Action Party (DAP) candidates.

The Prime Minister and the PH Chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad must have been surprised of these results.

Prior to Semenyih by-election, he was very confident that the PH candidate would win because he is a Malay from PPBM, claiming that PH lost Cameron Highlands to Barisan Nasional (BN) because the PH candidate was from DAP.

But what is the situation now? Why PPBM candidate was defeated as well? This showed that Dr. Mahathir`s claim was wrong.

After PH lost in Cameron Highlands by-election they claimed that Barisan Nasional (BN) won because they played the racial card. They had more claims and excuses. But after the defeat of a Malay candidate from PPBM, PH leaders kept quiet on this point.

Semynih by election aljazeera
Semenyih by-election-Aljazeera pic

The more shocking and awakening call for PH government which claims to be the first ever democratic, transparent government Malaysia has ever had was the last two by- elections were held in a very clean and free from any sort of corruption or cheating and yet Barisan Nasional (UMNO) had won with big majority.  

PPBM Deputy President Mukhriz Mahathir yesterday said PH accepted its defeat in the Semenyih by-election with an open heart, and promised to address its weaknesses.

He said the PH tried its best but the people know “their choice better”.

“We accept this decision with an open heart and will improve on our weaknesses,” Mukhriz Mahathir was quoted as telling reporters at PH’s operation centre last night, adding that a study must be done to identify the cause of the defeat.

Barisan Nasional (BN) has wrestled the Semenyih state seat from PH after its candidate, Zakaria Hanafi, defeated PH’s  Aiman Zainali and two others with a majority of 1,914 votes.

The results of these recent two by-elections puts the popularity of PH government at stake. Observers and analysts said voting for UMNO candidates in the two by-elections was a show of protest against PH government that has not fulfilled its election promises. The abolishment of tolls has not been realized and the rakyat’s costs of living have not changed much even after the abolishment of the goods and services tax (GST). The appointment of non-Malays and non-Muslims in posts of power and the acceptance of former UMNO leaders to join Bersatu would have also affected the by-election results.

–Malaysia World News

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