RANTAU: Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan’s victory shows he is a leader for all races and at the same time, it is also a message to Pakatan Harapan that voters are unhappy with its leadership, says MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
“The very convincing vote majority shows Tok Mat is accepted by all races from all walks of life.
“The results also indicate that the people are unhappy with the Pakatan government at the state and federal level,” said Dr Wee.
Mohamad, who is fondly known as Tok Mat, garnered 10,397 votes to beat three other candidates Dr S. Stereram who got 5,887 votes and two independent candidates R. Malarvizhi and Mohd Nor Yassin who received 83 and 79 votes respectively.
Dr Wee congratulated Mohamad for the strong endorsement given to him by the voters.
Describing the results as very encouraging for Barisan, he said the coalition would continue to work hard for the people.
On the return of Chinese votes, Dr Wee said there was an improvement, and MCA would do a detailed analysis on the trend later.
MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon described the result as a very sweet victory for Tok Mat and Barisan, and that it was an alarm bell for Pakatan Harapan.
“The rakyat are disillusioned; the lower income group in particular is battling with the rising cost of living while the Pakatan government keeps coming up with policies to compound their misery,” he said.
Dr Mah said Pakatan Harapan’s last-minute ditch to lure voters – announcing big projects like the East Coast Rail Link coming to Negri Sembilan had failed.
“People do not buy Pakatan’s promises anymore,” he said.
DAP’s Lim Guan Eng and Anthony Loke, who are Finance Minister and Transport Minister respectively, announced the ECRL re-routing would include Negri Sembilan at the height of the by-election campaign.