TAPAH: Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Barisan Nasional (BN) won the Cameron Highlands by-election because it fights for the rights of the Malays.
“We only demanded the rights of the Malays according to the constitution and also the rights of the non-Malays. We did not demand anything more than that,” he told reporters when met at Pasar Tani here testerday.
Najib was replying to the Pakatan Harapan (PH) candidate M. Manogaran who claims that his defeat was due to BN using racial card to win over voter support in the by-election.
“What he had said is not true. We did not play any racial issues to win votes,” Najib added.
“Malays believed that DAP is a threat to their rights. That’s why the Malays had rejected DAP,” said.
He also that PH had lost the by-election as the people are disappointed with the ruling government administration.
“Not only there, people in Tapah also seem to be disappointed with them. I have received complaints,” he said.
The DAP candidate who was defeated badly this time last night alleged that BN won the Pahang parliamentary seat by playing up racial issues.
BN retained the Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat with a majority of 3,238 votes after its candidate Ramli Mohd Noor secured 12,078 votes. PH’s Manogaran garnered 8,800 votes and independents candidates Sallehudin Ab Talib, a former lecturer (314 votes) and farmer-activist Wong Seng Yee (276 votes).