KUALA LUMPUR: The outcome of the Tanjung Piai by-election is the rakyat's referendum in rejecting Pakatan Harapan, says Parliamentary Opposition chief Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic).
He said that the results reflected not only the feelings of Tanjung Piai voters but also Malaysians in general.
"The rejection shown against Pakatan in Tanjung Piai is not the first time. The government has been rejected three times in a row since the by-elections in Cameron Highlands, Semenyih and Rantau.
"The huge majority loss for Pakatan increased from 3,000 in Camerons, to 4,000 in Semenyih and Rantau, and continue to jump to some 15,000 in Tanjung Piai.
"The message is clear that the people no longer trust the Pakatan-led government to administer the country.
"If the government is truly sensitive and listen to the grouses and hearts of the people, the government has no choice but to dissolve Parliament. Let the rakyat decide the future of the country," he said in a statement on Sunday (Nov 17).
The Tanjung Piai by-election saw Barisan candidate Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng win with an overwhelming 15,086-vote majority.
Wee, a former two-term Tanjung Piai MP, garnered a total of 25,466 votes against Pakatan candidate Karmaine Sardini who obtained 10,380 votes; Gerakan's Wendy Subramaniam (1,707), followed by Datuk Dr Badhrulhisham Abdul Aziz of Berjasa (850) and two independents, Dr Ang Chuan Lock (380) and Faridah Aryani Abdul Ghaffar (32).
The Bera MP said that the rakyat was not only disappointed with Pakatan due to its failure to implement its election manifesto but also not convinced with the excuses given.
"The fall of commodity prices such as palm oil and rubber did not get enough protection.
"The price of palm oil and rubber remains low but the minister only announced a campaign to consume palm oil and plant bamboo.
"It further worsened after industry players from India called for a boycott against Malaysian palm oil, which had impacted the price of palm oil as India imports more than 4.1 million tonnes of palm oil a year," said Ismail Sabri.
"The fishermen in Tanjung Piai also suffered with low income as there are no new policies to change their livelihoods.
"And they continue to suffer due to the high cost of living. More worrying is that all the incentives under the previous Barisan Nasional government were abolished," he said.
He added that such sentiments were also felt by the Chinese community in Tanjung Piai, many of whom are oil palm smallholders.
"Businesses owned by them were also affected due to the slow economy," he said.
Malays living in the rural towns in Tanjung Piai were also hit, as they depend on customers living outside Tanjung Piai, added Ismail Sabri.
"Although Pakatan ministers came to give their promises, the people of Tanjung Piai no longer believed them.
"For them, it is enough to be cheated once, they no longer wanted to be cheated continuously," he said.
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