(The man of the moment – Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar, the beloved chief minister of Perak. Image source: The Sun)
We maintained the Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau seats although it is clear that the Pakatan Rakyat have their work cut out for them in Sarawak where BN managed to retain their seat in Batang Ai.
Interestingly, there is more support for Pakatan Rakyat now as compared to the time when the general election was last held.
In 2008 general election, Pakatan Rakyat won in Bukit Gantang with a majority of 1,566 votes. This time, the lead has been extended to 2,789 votes
In 2008 general election, Pakatan Rakyat won in Bukit Selambau with a majority of 2,362 votes. This time, the lead has been slightly extended to 2,403 votes
This is after Najib released the 13 ISA detainees and Tun Mahathir was back in UMNO campaigning for the BN.
What this means?
Firstly, it shows that the winds of change brought by Pakatan Rakyat have not died down. Secondly despite the heavy propaganda, goodies and campaigning, the people are not idiots as it was once perceived to be. They can still see what is right and what need to be done.
To the voters in Bukit Gantang and Bukit Selambau, we salute you and thank you.