Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Anwar's massive win
IT'S official - Anwar Ibrahim has won the Permatang Pauh by-election with a handsome 15,671 vote majority. He polled 31,195 votes against Barisan Nasional's 15,524 votes. The third contender from Akim managed only 92 votes. In the March general election, Wan Azizah obtained a 13,388 majority. Azizah garnered 30,338 against Firdaus Ismail's 16,950 votes then.
Anwar's win was not unexpected but the strong margin is surely a moral victory for him. The results would be a watershed because it means the return of Anwar to Parliament. It is history in the making tonight. For the BN, especially Umno, it would have to ask itself why the attempts to win the Malay votes failed. Clearly, its decision to reinforce its image as the Malay protector did not win the votes it needed badly in this predominantly Malay constituency. Anwar's victory, however, does not affect the power equation but as the "comeback kid" in Parliament, his presence alone would generate more excitement. The fight between the BN and PR has now become even more intense.