Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s (PKR) victory in the by-election for the Penanti state constituency yesterday is not the yardstick in gauging the popularity of any political party.

The Malaysian Prime Minister said it was also not an impressive win because the number of voter turnout dropped to less than 50 per cent and the total votes obtained by the PKR fell by about 1,300 votes.

He said the PKR’s victory over the Independent candidates was not an absolute victory or an achievement that they could be proud of.

Najib said this at a press conference with Malaysian journalists after delivering a keynote address at the closing session of the Asean-Korea CEO Summit held in conjunction with the Asean-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit at the Jeju International Convention Centre (ICC), here today.

In the by-election, Penang Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) deputy chairman, Mansor Othman, 59, won with a majority of 5,558 votes.

Mansor, who obtained 6,052 votes beat three Independent candidates namely Aminah Abdullah, 56, who obtained 392 votes, Nai Khan Ari a/l Nai Keow, 41, (494 votes) and Kamarul Ramizu Idris, 42, (56 votes).

The by-election was held following the resignation of the incumbent assemblyman, Mohammad Fairus Khairuddin, who planned to do post-graduate studies, on April 16.

Barisan Nasional (BN) did not field its candidate in the by-election because the BN Supreme Council decided that the vacancy had nothing to do with the provision of the Constitution and was merely an opposition’s political game.

Najib arrived here on Sunday to attend the two-day Summit Meeting which ends tomorrow.

— BERNAMA