BN-PH unworried about PN’s landslide win in Kemaman

BARISAN Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the landslide victory for PAS — part of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition — in the Kemaman by-election last week was not a sign of a referendum against the unity government.

He said there was no increase in support for the Islamic party’s VP Datuk Seri Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar and that the decline of votes for BN is due to its traditional voters not going out to cast their ballots.

“We cannot consider this (result) as a referendum. How can the decision of 141,000 voters in Kemaman be considered a referendum?

“I hope they (PN) will stop daydreaming,” he told reporters in a press conference in Putrajaya today.

Ahmad Samsuri, who is also the Terengganu Mentri Besar, defeated BN’s candidate, former Army General Raja Affandi Raja Noor, by 37,220 votes.

This is larger than the 27,179-vote majority that PAS candidate Che Alias Hamid received in the 15th general election (GE15) before the Election Commission (EC) nullified the result following an election petition by BN.

Meanwhile, PKR secretary general Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said PN’s Kemaman win was nothing extraordinary since it had already won the seat in GE15.

He said the PAS win did not add to PN’s number of seats in the Dewan Rakyat, nor did it threaten the unity government’s position.

PAS supporters have touted Ahmad Samsuri to be their prime minister (PM) candidate after the win.

Ahmad Samsuri has declared that his win would be a “gamechanger” and will “open the door” for PN to “win Putrajaya”. – TMR / pic BERNAMA