PR won the 2 ‘Bukits’, while BN won in the one ‘Batang’. This is the official results posted in Malaysiakini : ( Malaysiakini report in italic)
|Pakatan takes 2 ‘bukits’, BN wins Batang Ai|
|Apr 7, 09 8:15am|
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9.20pm Bukit Gantang OFFICIAL RESULTSMohd Jamaluddin Nizar (PAS) 21,860
Ismail Saffian (BN-Umno) 19,071
Kamarul Ramizu Idris (Ind) 62Majority – 2,789 (In 2008, the majority was 1,566)
8.58pm Manikumar wins Bukit Selambau
With all 22 polling boxes counted, Manikumar retained the seat for PKR by winning with a 2,396-vote majority, a slightly higher margin than in the 2008 general elections.
7.50pm Batang Ai OFFICIAL RESULTS
BN’s Malcolm Mussem Lamoh (3,907 votes) has beaten PKR’s Jawah Gerang (2,053). The majority is 1,854.
This is actually the results that many, including this blogger, expected. This, coupled with the ‘KT bye-election’ shows that majority of the people in West Malaysia are still voting for the opposition. They do not buy the story that BN has reformed..
BN, despite the awesome by-election machinery, is unable to achieve any break through in West Malaysia.
Whereas during 308, people in West Malaysia simply wanted to teach BN a lesson for being so arrogant and corrupt, this time around, they sent a message that they are all for a change , and that the course for change is still very much on target. Unless BN especially UMNO reforms, they are going to face a big shock during the 13 the GE, if the present trend continues. It is however the belief of this writer that BN (and UMNO ) will not reform unless it loses a general election.
From the wins by PR in the 2 Bukits, it can be seen that non Malays have really starting to accept PAS, since in their minds, anything is better than UMNO, and the notion that nothing can be worse than the present is still very much in vogue..
BN leaders have been telling their grassroots that the Malays votes have returned. Although I have not had the breakdown of voting streams, it can be safely concluded that even if these leaders are right, the return of the Malay votes cannot be too significant, bearing in mind that these 2 bukits are Malay majority seats.
As to Gerakan, it has campaigned hard, especially its wanita chief Tan Lian Hoe, who had practically camped in BUikt Gantang all these times , as well as the Perak members who had worked very hard, they are still not able to achieved much breakthrough, even though this is their traditional stronghold; one of the Duns within Bukit Gantnag, Kuala Sepetang, used to be won by Gerakan…
The result is a clarion call to Gerakan that the people in Gerakan’s former strongholds, as represented by Kuala Sepetang, will not vote for Gerakan in the next GE if Gerakan remains as part of the BN coalition. The only way for Gerakan is actually to opt out of BN… If it is to have any realistic chance of surviving the next GE..
With this win in Bukit Gantang, the people of Perak have spoken and that the authority should seriously consider dissolving the Perak assembly and let the people of Perak decide who should rule Perak in a new State Election.