This is how the foreign news reported on the Ijok by election, this one is from Reuters:
Defeat for Malaysia’s Anwar fans talk of early poll
By Mark Bendeich and Clarence Fernandez
30th April 2007
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – The Malaysian government celebrated on Monday a symbolic defeat over its most feared political opponent in a weekend by-election, hardening expectations of an early general election.
The government struck a triumphant note after Saturday’s election, which dealt a blow to Anwar Ibrahim’s opposition party and gave the ruling coalition a morale boost as it geared up for a general election expected late this year or early 2008.
“Democracy is still alive and fresh,” Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak, who led the coalition by-election campaign, told reporters with obvious satisfaction on Monday.
The by-election in Ijok, a semi-rural seat outside the capital, was a proxy battle between Najib and Anwar: both widely thought to have burning ambitions to lead the country.