IPOH (Bernama): Pakatan Harapan has to work harder to ensure the people continue to support the coalition, especially after its defeat in the Semenyih state by-election, says Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (pic).
The Pakatan Youth chief said the defeat in the by-election should not cause the coalition to point fingers or put the blame on others.
"This is not the time to blame anyone, we all need self-reflection, as everyone has a role to play. We need to improve, including myself, Armada (youth wing of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia) and Harapan Youth. I think it's back to the drawing board.
“We need to look and move forward. We need to work as usual. We congratulate Barisan Nasional and thank the Pakatan Harapan Youth machinery who were active during the by-election,” he said.
Syed Saddiq said this at a press conference after delivering a keynote address entitled "Grassroots vs Rest of the World" on the final day of the Esports Professional Industry Conference 2019 at the Casuarina @ Meru Convention Centre here on Sunday (March 3).
Syed Saddiq, who is also Bersatu Youth chief, accepted the defeat of Pakatan candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali and viewed the result as the people's choice.
“Pakatan needs self-reflection and to continue going forward, apart from respecting the people's choice. To the people of Semenyih, I would like to apologise if I have made any mistakes,” he said.
However, Syed Saddiq, who is also Youth and Sports Minister, said in any situation, the government must continue to serve the people.
The Semenyih state by-election on Saturday (March 2) witnessed Barisan wresting the seat when its candidate, Zakaria Hanafi, won the four-cornered fight with 1,914-vote majority.
Zakaria secured 19,780 votes, Muhammad Aiman (17,866) PSM's Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul (847) and independent candidate Kuan Chee Heng (725) - Bernama