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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Najib: BN To Study Causes Of Defeat In Permatang Pasir

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 25 (Bernama) -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Barisan Nasional (BN) will study the causes of its defeat in today's Permatang Pasir state by-election in Penang.

He said that the BN lost the by-election despite having tried its best due to certain factors.

Najib, who is Umno president, said he knew what the factors were but declined to elaborate.

He said that the BN would take stock of the situation and ensure that the party would do better the next time around.

"We should look into the factors which we can improve on," he said when asked to comment on the result of the by-election today.

PAS retained the seat with a 4,551-vote majority.

Its candidate Mohd Salleh Man, 52, polled 9,618 votes while BN's Rohaizat Othman, 38, garnered 5,067 votes.

Najib also took note of the fact that the BN managed to reduce PAS' majority in the area.

In the 2008 general election, PAS candidate Datuk Mohd Hamdan Abdul Rahman defeated BN's Ahmad Sahar Shuib with a majority of 5,433 votes.

The by-election was called following Mohd Hamdan's death on July 31. -- BERNAMA

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