What are the lessons to be learned from the Cameron Highlands parliamentary by-election defeat for Pakatan Harapan today?
Although Pakatan Harapan’s share of the valid votes cast rose from 40% (in the 2018 general election) to 41% at this by-election, it was not enough to make a dent on the combined Umno/BN-Pas effort of 56% this time, slightly down from the MIC/BN-Pas total of 57% last year. (Pas did not contest this time unlike in the general election last year, when they fielded a candidate.)
So the general trend is not unexpected, in terms of the share of the popular vote.
Still, the thing to bear in mind is you can’t beat Umno and Pas when it comes to playing the race-religion card. No other party is going to win more votes by pandering to the racial and religious conservative lobby – because no matter what it does, it will never be enough to outdo these two parties. Full article on Aliran website