TUMPAT – Barisan Nasional’s (BN) win in the Pengkalan Kubor by-election is due to the effectiveness of its election machinery and the good background of the candidate.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the win was surprising because the majority of votes received by the BN candidate was more than the votes received in the general election last year.
“Contributing factors include good handling of issues including the oil royalty. Pakatan Rakyat’s internal problems made many voters to become fed up with them,” he told reporters after the announcement of the win by the BN candidate, Mat Razi Mat Ail at SMK Dato Biji Wangsa here, Thursday night.
Mat Razi received 9,981 votes to beat PAS candidate Wan Rosdi Wan Ibrahim (7,326 votes) and independent candidate Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary (38 votes).
The BN won with a majority of 2,635 votes compared to a majority of 1,736 votes in the general election last year. – BERNAMA