It's a by-election that nobody needs. Penang CM Lim Guan Eng is peeved at the turn of events leading to the Penanti by-election. The Penang PKR assemblymen must be wondering why one of them can't be good enough to be DCM I, the voters are tired and do not need another by-election, taxpayers are upset that more money would be used, the BN is well aware that it cannot win this by-election, and certainly the entire polls have no impact to the political equation in Penang.
In the case of Penanti, there is little choice but to hold the by-election. Even if the BN isn't keen to contest, the whole process of nominations must be carried out and if independents are fielded, the process of elections would still have to be carried out. Unless of course, the PKR wins the by-election unopposed. But clearly, the perception is that this is one by-election that is unnecessary. It is a forced by-election. One could even suggest that this is an abuse of the democratic system. It is not about winning or losing but the question one should ask is: what is the point of it?