KUALA LUMPUR: The victory with a larger majority in Kemaman proves that there is a momentum of support for Perikatan Nasional, says PAS secretary-general Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan.
He said that this is shown as 70% of voters cast their ballot for Perikatan and added that this was also seen in the series of by-elections held after the 15th General Election (GE15).
In a statement on Sunday (Dec 3) thanking voters, party officials, supporters and others involved in the election, Takiyuddin said Kemaman MP Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar's victory with a larger 37,220-vote majority represents the support of 70% of voters.
"This not only proves the acceptance of his position as the Mentri Besar of Terengganu, but also confirms the support for Perikatan during the recent by-elections," said Takiyuddin.
"This shows a referendum of the people's rejection of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's Pakatan Harapan-Barisan Nasional coalition," he added.
He said that in the recently-concluded Kemaman by-election, the Pakatan-Barisan candidate got 27,778 votes or 30% support, which is lower than what their candidate received in GE15.
Takiyuddin added that in GE15, the Pakatan-Barisan candidate recived 41% support and said that this is a significant decrease.
"We (PAS) remain committed to mature, dignified and democratic politics not only in its role as an opposition bloc in Parliament, but as the government in the states it governs in the belief that it is for the interests of the country and the people," said Takiyuddin.
"We are ready to take on greater responsibilities on a national level when the situation requires following the failure of Putrajaya to ensure that the people and the country are protected from the negative actions of the government," he added.