No real takeaways from Wan Azizah’s victory


(MMO) – There were no real takeaways from Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah’s predictable win in the Kajang by-election as suggested by her unremarkable winning majority.

She won by a slimmer majority than her predecessor but balancing that, her share of the total vote rose slightly.

“It goes to show support given by people is very cautious,” said political analyst Khoo Kay Peng

The public does not appear convinced that a by-election was necessary in an area so firmly held by PKR, so they were content to give cautious support, he said.

PKR’s Wan Azizah, contesting as a late replacement for her husband Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, won comfortably enough with a majority of 5,379 votes.

But that was lower than the 6,824 majority enjoyed by her predecessor Lee Chien Cheh.

That said, she won 59 per cent of all votes cast. Lee had received 57 per cent.

Wan Azizah’s win came as turnout dwindled to 72 per cent from 88 per cent when Lee won the seat last May.

The sharp drop in turnout was a telling factor.

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