Muhyiddin: Drastic changes needed if Pakatan wants more than a term

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  • Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Drastic changes are needed if Pakatan Harapan wants to survive more than one term as the government, says Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic).

"If Pakatan wants to survive more than one term, a major drastic change has to happen in many areas, whether policy, implementation, budget, policy, fiscal policy, in terms of leadership and many things, which we believe are important to look at," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby on Tuesday (Nov 19).

Muhyiddin said this when asked to comment on the outcome of the Tanjung Piai by-election.

The Tanjung Piai by-election saw Barisan Nasional 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).

Muhyiddin, who is the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president, said the party was in the midst of conducting a post-mortem on the recently concluded Tanjung Piai by-election.

"As usual, we are learning from the by-election as an important signal for our huge defeat.

"We are analysing the effectiveness of the machinery, strategies used, or whether it is giving a larger picture regarding Pakatan's main policies.

"These are all being looked at," added Muhyiddin.

He said the Pakatan presidential council would hold its meeting on Saturday (23 Nov) while the party would hold its own meeting on Wednesday (20 Nov), where a report would be tabled and new feedback would be gathered based on that.

Muhyiddin said he was shocked by the outcome as the results did not reflect with Pakatan's own surveys and government intelligence.

"Government intelligence also did not give such pictures. Maybe the rakyat took a silent approach and did not express anything.

"Most importantly, after the by-election, we have the decision, and we will take it seriously," he said.

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