Semenyih by-election failure caused by PH’s non-performance, internal power struggle, says Masing

Tan Sri Dr James Masing

KUCHING, March 3: Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president Tan Sri Dr James Jemut Masing opines that Pakatan Harapan (PH) failed to defend its Semenyih seat because of its non-performance and internal power struggle.

He said after PH has taken over the federal government, it has done nothing to differentiate itself from what the previous Barisan Nasional government did.

“I am not surprised that PH lost in Semenyih with such a lousy track record. Their manifestos were not honoured. They lied in order to get voters to vote for them.

“They kept on blaming the previous government for their failures to carry out what they had promised,” said Masing who is also Deputy Chief Minister in a press statement today.

He said PH was elected to administer the nation for the better and yet instead of doing its job, the member parties of the ruling coalition fight among themselves for positions in the government.


“In the last eight months, what have they done to make the difference from what BN had done? Not much! Instead they fight among themselves for positions in the government.

“Malaysians deserve better than bickering among its YBs (elected representatives),” said Masing.

He stressed that PH should have had enough of the blame game and being critical of the previous government.

“Enough of the blame game. Don’t put your failures on the previous government all the time!

“Malaysians elected PH to do better. Stop being critical all the time. Be a practical implementor for the rakyat. Use your brains and not mouths all the time,” said the Infrastructure Development and Transportation Minister.

Masing was commenting on Barisan Nasional (BN) winning the Semenyih by-election which was held yesterday.

BN candidate Zakaria Hanafi won with a majority of 1,914 by garnering 19,780 votes in a four-cornered fight against PH candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali who managed to poll 17,866 votes while Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) candidate Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul polled 847 votes and independent candidate Kuan Chee Hong, 725 votes.

The by-election was called following the passing of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) assemblyman Bakthiar Mood Nor on Jan 11.

This was the sixth by-election since PH took over the government on May 9, 2018. PH won the first four by-elections and lost the last two, namely Cameron Highlands and Semenyih by-elections. — DayakDaily