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by christopher tan
BUTTERWORTH: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng (pic) on Sunday cited three reasons why the party lost the Teluk Intan by-election, after making a preliminary analysis.
"The first was due to the very low turnout of voters compared to the general election.
"Secondly, it was due to politics of threats, not just violence but also threats in 'developmental politics', such as 'if you donot vote for a minister, you will be denied development'.
"Thirdly, Dyana (Sofya Mohd Daud) is very new. She was only introduced to the electorate two weeks ago.
"Perhaps, she did not have enough time to enable voters to get to know her," Lim told a press conference at Dewan Dato Haji Ahmad Badawi in Butterworth after the prize giving ceremony of the first race of Penang Run 2014-2015 on Sunday.
Lim said the party did not deny there was a drop in support of voters in Teluk Intan.
"Chinese votes dropped by 15% while Indian votes dropped by 11% but Malay votes increased by 3%.
"Of course the turnout was reduced. The lower turnout cost us our 7,000 majority.
"More than 90% of the outstation voters voted for DAP in the last election.
"If 1% of the outstation voters came back, we would have won," Lim added.
Lim said the party would be conducting a detailed post-mortem on the Teluk Intan by-election.
The Teluk Intan by-election recorded 66.67% voter turnout or 40,236 voters, including ordinary voters, early voters and absentee voters.
During GE13, 80.7% or 48,839 people went to the polls in Teluk Intan.
Barisan Nasional's Datuk Mah Siew Keong won the seat in a straight fight with Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud of DAP.
Mah secured 20,157 votes to Dyana Sofya's 19,919 votes. There were 543 spoilt votes.
DAP made Dyana scapegoat, says Wee
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