Opposition accepts defeat, laments low turnout

According to EC, Johor state election sees a low voter turnout with only 54.9% compared to its target of 70%

by ANIS HAZIM / pic by BERNAMA

OPPOSITION leader and PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (picture) expressed his concern about the low voter turnout for the Johor election last weekend, saying it could “threaten democratic process”.

Anwar said PKR supports the decision made by the people of Johor, however, he is worried about the low voter turnout that could hinder democracy.

“We are very concerned about the trend of turnout which is very unfortunate and can threaten the democratic process,” he said in a statement.

According to the Election Commission (EC), Johor state election saw a low voter turnout with only 54.92% compared to its target of 70%.

Nonetheless, Anwar expressed his appreciation to all the supporters and machinery of PKR and the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition who worked hard to move the campaign throughout the Johor state election.

He also congratulated Barisan Nasional (BN) for its victory in the poll.

BN secured 40 out of 56 state seats, giving the party a two-third mandate to rule in the southern state for the next five years.

While PH won 11 seats, PKR and Muda both won one seat. Perikatan Nasional (PN) — led by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin — only managed to capture three seats.

Anwar said this result is also an important reminder for political parties to regain strength in the run-up to the next general election.

Meanwhile, DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng said it accepts the verdict of the people and congratulates the victors.

“DAP hopes that promises made will be fulfilled. We are grateful and humbled by the people’s support despite facing the Covid-19 pandemic, the economic recession and the public disillusionment following the disappointing loss of government through betrayal of the people in the infamous ‘Sheraton Move’,” he said.

Lim added that DAP and PH will continue to defend the people’s livelihood by fighting rising prices, rejecting taxes of foreign-sourced income and opposing the excessive increase in compound fines fo Covid-19 standard operating procedures violations to RM10,000 for individuals and RM1 million for companies.

“DAP and PH must correct our weaknesses, especially in communicating to the public a united opposition to BN under PH’s ‘Big Tent’ approach. DAP is committed to looking after, helping and defending the rights of all Malaysians regardless of race and religion under the Malaysian First concept,” he added.

Meanwhile, PAS president Tan Sri Abdul Hadi Awang said that PAS, together with PN, will continue to serve the people based on the increasing show of support from voters in constituencies where they contested in the election.

“PAS would like to thank the staff of the EC, the Royal Malaysia Police and the Ministry of Health, as well as the party machinery, in ensuring the election process runs smoothly and safely,” he said in a statement.

Abdul Hadi said the support of the Johor people meant a lot to the party for it to continue with the agenda based on integrity, caring and welfare for the benefit of the state and the country.

PN won the Bukit Kepong, Maharani and Endau seats.