SEREMBAN: For Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan who turns 63 on May 2, the victory in this by-election must certainly be the sweetest in his political career.
For this time, he not only went into the polls as a member of the Opposition, but had to face an army of famous politicians led by PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
He went into the contest at the same time when former Umno leaders, including Datuk Seri Najib Razak, had their day in court for alleged corruption and abuse of power.
Pakatan speakers led by several Cabinet ministers had consistently used them as fodder in the two-week campaign to discredit Barisan Nasional and Umno.
But when the results started coming in, Mohamad who had always maintained that his chances of winning were 50:50, looked more cheerful as Barisan supporters walked up to congratulate him at his operation centre in Kg Tanjung, Rantau.
As soon as he obtained an unassailable lead over Dr S. Streram, Mohamad stood up and thanked the crowd.
“To my Barisan Nasional friends as well as Makkal Sakthi and especially PAS, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“You have worked tirelessly for this win. I will never forget your good deeds for the rest of my life,” he said.
Mohamad, who won 13 of the 14 polling districts in the contest, expressed hope that this friendship of the greater Barisan family would remain.
“Now it’s time for us to consolidate our efforts and bury Pakatan once and for all,” he said.
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