KUALA LUMPUR: There is an urgent need for the government to regain the people’s trust given that frustrations against Pakatan Harapan cut across racial lines, says PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
Not only was there a major swing of Chinese votes for Barisan Nasional in last Saturday’s Tanjung Piai by-election, but there was also a swing of Malay votes too, he said.
If Pakatan fails to learn from this, then it does not deserve to govern the country, said Anwar as he urged the coalition to take action to regain the people’s confidence.
“I don’t believe in the race card and I think we need to truly understand the frustrations of our people – the Malays, Chinese, Indians and others. I think this is important.
“The message is for us to take stock, ” Anwar said in the Parliament lobby yesterday.
Anwar said that instead of being caught up in politicking, Pakatan leaders must learn from the people’s “protests” in Tanjung Piai and take smart steps to restore confidence.However, he also said that losing one or two by-elections did not mean that Parliament should be dissolved as the people had given Pakatan the mandate to administer the country.
“We accept the shocking defeat, and we realise there must be an effective step to restore the people’s trust in Pakatan. But losing one or two or even three seats does not mean the government has to surrender, ” he said in response to Parliamentary Opposition leader Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob who said Parliament should be dissolved as Pakatan’s defeat in Tanjung Piai showed the people no longer trusted the coalition.
Barisan’s candidate Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng won the Tanjung Piai by-election last Saturday with a stunning 15,086 majority against Pakatan’s Karmaine Sardini.