Barisan Nasional’s (BN) victory at the polls in Tioman is a clear sign that Malaysians are willing to accept the BN-Pakatan Harapan (PH) pact, said Pahang BN chairperson Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail.
Wan Rosdy, who is also Pahang menteri besar, added that the win also showed that the people were able to see the reasoning behind the party’s decision to form the state government with PH.
Of course, the people can accept it, otherwise, how can we possibly win… I have explained several times that the state government had to be formed (between BN and Harapan) so that we can carry out our duties for the people,” he said as quoted by Bernama.
This comes after Pahang’s state assembly had a hung situation for the first time, where neither party had the simple majority of 22 seats.
‘BN-PH pact necessary for stability’
Speaking to reporters at the Tioman constituency vote tallying centre at Dewan Jubli Perak Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah, Wan Rosdy said the BN-PH pact was needed to bring stability in Pahang.
“If this is not done, it will be a hung situation. The state government can’t be formed and it is the people who will lose out,” he explained.
As for BN candidate Mohd Johari Hussain, who emerged as the victor at the polls, said that his win was further proof of the people wanting to see political and economic stability in the state.
“I am also grateful to the Pahang BN chairperson (Wan Rosdy) for helping out (in the election) and for establishing close cooperation for the sake of the people’s interests and stability,” he added.
The Tioman elections was postponed after Perikatan Nasional (PN) candidate Md Yunus Ramli passed away in an apparent heart attack on Nov 19.
Johari was able to retain his seat with a razor-thin majority of 573 votes, where he edged out PN’s Nor Idayu Hashim who had 7,507 votes.