KUANTAN: It is inaccurate to label the streak of by-election losses by Pakatan Harapan as a trend, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
The PKR president pointed out that Pakatan had won convincingly in the previous by-elections such as in Balakong, Seri Setia and Port Dickson.
"However, by-elections are historically never easy for the government. Sometimes, when the voters know the government is strong, they want to send us a signal," Anwar said after opening the Pahang PKR office here Sunday (April 14).
Anwar said he was not taking matters lightly though, as he could sense Pakatan was facing some problem in Malay areas.
"We have to scrutinise the recent developments and take the necessary steps. Pakatan has to find ways to explain to the people in a good manner.
"We should not blame the voters. We have to try to approach them instead," he said.
On the viral video of a police car being stopped and searched by political party supporters during the Rantau by-election, Anwar said he would leave it to the police to take the appropriate action.
"There is no reason for party workers to behave arrogantly as if to take over the duties of the police.
"If this is found to be true, I will support the police in taking strict action because this party is one that respects the law," he said.
Negri Sembilan acting state police chief Datuk Mohamad Mat Yusop was reported as saying that the police had detained two of the five men identified for stopping and inspecting a Mobile Patrol Vehicle.