KUALA LUMPUR: The people's frustrations towards Pakatan Harapan cuts across racial lines, showing a need for the government to regain the people's trust, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
He added that there was a major swing of Chinese and Malay votes towards Barisan Nasional in the Tanjung Piai by-election on Saturday (Nov 16) and said that Pakatan does not deserve to govern the country if it failed to learn from this loss.
"I don't believe in the race card and I think we need to truly understand the frustrations of our people; Malays, Chinese, Indians and others," said Anwar.
Speaking to reporters in Parliament on Monday (Nov 18), Anwar said that Pakatan leaders should take smart steps to restore the confidence of the people.
He then added that losing in one or two by-elections did not mean that the Parliament should be dissolved as the people had given Pakatan the mandate to administer the country.
"Losing one or two or even three seats does not mean that the government has to surrender," he said.
This was in response to Parliamentary Opposition leader Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob saying that the government should dissolve the Parliament because Pakatan's defeat in Tanjung Piai showed that the people no longer trusted the coalition.
On Saturday (Nov 16), Barisan's candidate Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng won the Tanjung Piai by-election with a stunning 15,086 majority against Pakatan's candidate Karmaine Sardini.
In total, Wee obtained 25,466 votes while Karmaine Sardini got 10,380 votes.
Meanwhile, Gerakan's Wendy Subramaniam got 1,707 votes, Berjasa's Datuk Dr Badhrulhisham Abdul Aziz got 850 while independents Dr Ang Chuan Lock and Faridah Aryani Abdul Ghaffar got 380 and 32 votes respectively.
The by-election was held after the previous Pakatan MP Datuk Dr Md Farid Md Rafik died on Sept 21.