Racial talk and slander swung PN’s victory, says Nurul Izzah

Nurul Izzah Anwar expressed regret that the opposition had used dirty tactics to influence voters.

(FMT) ) – Perikatan Nasional’s tendency to play the race card and run a campaign that centred around lies could have contributed to the opposition coalition’s win at the Sungai Bakap by-election yesterday, a PKR leader claimed.

Nurul Izzah Anwar said it was disappointing that PN had resorted to such tactics to influence voters.

The Penang PKR chief however did not identify any particular incident to back her claim.

Nurul Izzah said she took full responsibility for the defeat, adding that it was time for a “full introspection”.

“Regardless, we must strive to explain key issues such as the welfare of the people, education, infrastructure development, and sustainable living that balances the needs of both Seberang Perai and the island,” she said when delivering the party’s concession speech.

PN candidate Abidin Ismail of PAS was elected the new assemblyman for Sungai Bakap, retaining the seat for the party with a larger majority.

Abidin polled 14,489 votes for a 4,267-vote majority over his PH opponent, Joohari Ariffin of PKR, who obtained 10,222 votes.

Meanwhile, Joohari said while he accepted the results of the by-election, he hopes he would still be able to connect with more people in the constituency.