Press Statement By DAP Secretary-General And MP For Bagan Lim Guan Eng In Kuala Lumpur On 25.7.2013.
Despite falling far short of its 4,000 vote majority target, DAP congratulates UMNO for its victory in Kuala Besut state by-election yesterday. BN candidate Tengku Zaihan Che Ku Abdul Rahman defeated PAS’ Azlan Yusof to retain Kuala Besut for BN with a 2,592 votes of majority, a 158 vote improvement over the 13thGeneral Elections.
The ruling government always have a clear advantage during by-elections, which allow them to concentrate their resources fully. BN was expected to win with a larger majority in this by-election, following a slew of electoral pledges that carry a total price tag of RM 477 million, By increasing its majority by 158 votes despite offering nearly half a billion ringgit in projects, the results show that nothing has really changed between the recent general elections and this by-election.
For this reason Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak should go back on his earlier promise to seek national reconciliation after the general election so that all Malaysians can be united based on common principles of fighting crime and corruption, upholding freedom, integrity, democracy and justice.
LIM GUAN ENG
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