DUN PENANTI: by-election or bye,election?

Monday April 20, 2009

BN afraid of bigger loss, say PKR and PAS

SHAH ALAM: PKR says that the possibility that Barisan Nasional may not field a candidate in Penanti shows that it is afraid of losing with a bigger majority.

Its deputy president, Dr Syed Hussin Ali, said Barisan knew that it would lose with a bigger majority if it placed a candidate in Penanti but it had now changed tactics and called it a sheer waste of public funds.

“People are for change and it goes to show that Barisan has no confidence because it is aware that the people will vote them out,” he said.

On Saturday, Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was reported as saying that a decision to skip the by-election would only be made after the Umno and Barisan supreme councils meet at the end of the month.

In Alor Setar, Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak claimed the Barisan Nasional was afraid to contest because they feared losing to Pakatan Rakyat again.

He said Barisan might have realised that Penanti was a PAS and PKR stronghold, making it harder for them to penetrate.

In Muar, PAS Youth chief Salahuddin Ayub said Barisan leaders had had enough of challenging the Opposition in by-elections and wanted to avoid another loss.

At a gathering with PAS supporters in Bakri at Kampung Jeram on Saturday, Salahuddin refuted allegations by Barisan leaders that the by-election was a Pakatan political ploy and that Penanti assemblyman Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin had been asked to resign.