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Huge BN Win Shows People Realise Power Of Vote, Says PM
SEPANG, Jan 29 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Monday the huge victory for the Barisan Nasional (BN) in the Batu Talam by-election showed that the people realise the importance of elections and the power of the vote.
The BN retained the seat in Pahang with a bigger majority than in the general election in 2004 despite the declared boycott of the by-election by the opposition parties and their attempt to dissuade voters from going to the polls, he said.
"The wise voters understand the meaning of elections for them. They (the people) wanted to show that of importance to them was to elect a representative from among them," he told reporters at the KL International Airport upon his return from London after having attended the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.
Abdul Aziz Mat Kiram, 47, of the BN garnered 6,276 votes to beat independent candidate Ng Chee Pang, 22, by a majority of 5,857 votes in the by-election yesterday. Ng only received 419 votes and lost his deposit.
Former assemblyman Datuk Tengku Paris Tengku Razlan, who died last month, had beaten a PAS candidate in the general election in 2004 by a majority of 2,761 votes.
Abdullah said the BN's victory in Batu Talam has proven once again that the process of democracy is still vibrant in the country and all the allegations of the opposition have been proven wrong.
He said the opposition parties boycotted the by-election because they feared fielding a candidate.
"They, in fact, wanted to test our (BN's) strength, to ascertain how much the people supported us," he said.
However, Abdullah said, the people were mature enough to understand the deception of the opposition, and gave the BN a bigger win.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Abdul Aziz were at the Bunga Raya Complex of the airport to welcome the prime minister. Abdullah congratulated Abdul Aziz on his victory.