A group of kampong boys in Penanti near the tallying centre caught up in election fever after the results were announced
As some of you have pointed out, there is a discrepancy between the Election Commission’s figure for the voter turnout of 65 per cent turnout and the actual turnout, which was 81 per cent. This discrepancy created a lot of confusion.
Anwar secured 31,195 votes; Ariff 15,524 votes and Akim’s Hanafi Mamat 92 votes (deposit lost). That is over 46,800 votes cast compared to the total voters of around 58,000.
My math whizz friend comments, “It looks like the Election Commission can only count correctly when the BN wins.”
He further analysed the results and came up with the following conclusions:
- Anwar won two thirds of the votes cast.
- The support for PKR comes from all ethnic groups.
- Support for Anwar/PKR among the Malays comes in at around 60-65 per cent. Incidentally this tallies with what Din, the elderly gentleman in Kampong Petani, told me: “Out of a hundred residents here, you could say 60 to 70 support PKR.”
One final point, 33 per cent of you were correct in your prediction (in the poll on this blog) that Anwar would secure a 15,001-20,000 majority. So were those who predicted a high turnout.
Our citizen journalists were also spot on in predicting a landslide victory for PKR/Anwar. Speaking of which, I will let Karma have the final say:
A jubilant mood all over Permatang Pauh.
The poor are proud that Anwar has made it. Pak Din, a farmer said, “Biarlah Anwar tak beri saya apa-apa. Saya kesihan kat depa. Teruk sangat orang kutuk kat depa. Saya sekeluarga undi depa.”
I talked to an Indian man in his late 30s, introducing himself as Rama. He declared in Malay, “Dia orang mau kasi malu sama itu Anwar Brahim. TV kasi malu. Video kasi malu. Cakap orang besar pun mau kasi malu sama dia. Apa ini politik ka? Itu pasal saya kasi undi sama Anwar. Dia orang baik. Mau tolong sama kita.”
I met a Chinese who introduced himself as Uncle Leong. His immediate reaction to Anwar’s victory was, “Kita semua sudah kata, ini Anwar mesti menang punya. Olang BN manyak kacau. Tadak malu lo. Apa ini cakap-cakap bikin ini macam. Anwar bukan olang macam itu lo. Dia manyak baik. Ini BN tak boleh kasi menang. Kita mesti mau itu Anwar jadi perdana menteri. Dia manyak pandai punya orang. Ini budak apa itu cakap itu macam. Dia tada maluka. Dia punya ayah pun tada maluka? Kasi malu itu orang Melayu.”
Yes, with all the machinery BN had – the TV, the newsprint, the money, the swearing, prominent spokesmen including top government officials to counter Anwar – they still lost. The people want a change. BN’s 51 years at the helm, they feel is enough. People are now united as Malaysians. They are no more talking about racial matters. It’s the oneness they want now…
P.S. from a car load of nice guys I happened to bump into in Permatang Pauh today:
Remember us!…the car that shout ‘blogger unite’ at you (1.00 to 2.00pm…in Permatang Pauh town)… about the winning statistic 70 per cent for PKR and 30 per cent to BN
..and you asked back, ”Are you sure?”
Then my brother replied, “Now it’s 80 per cent to 20 per cent” (after checking his crystal ball).
We are from Kepala Batas. And the rest of us like to thank you and all the bloggers for coming to P44 and making our dreams come true. Zillion thanks!
KEPUTUSAN PILIHANRAYA KECIL PARLIMEN PERMATANG PAUH (P44):
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (KeADILan): 31,195 undi
Hanafi Mamat (AKIM): 92 undi
Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah (BN): 15,524 undi
Jumlah mengundi: 47,258
Peratus keluar mengundi: 81 peratus
Undi rosak: 447 undi
Majoriti: 15,671 undi