Mohd Salleh Man described his victory in the Permatang Pasir state by-election on Tuesday as a huge success for PAS, the party he represented in the polls.
He said the victory was achieved through the close cooperation among the three parties in the Pakatan coalition – PAS, DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).
When approached by reporters after the by-election result was announced at the Dewan Perdana of the National Youth Skills Institute here, he thanked the voters and the coalition election machinery.
Mohd Salleh, 52, defeated Rohaizat Othman, 38, of the Barisan Nasional (BN)by polling 9,618 votes to win by a majority of 4,551 votes.
The by-election was held following the death of PAS state assemblyman Datuk Mohd Hamdan Abdul Rahman on July 31 of a heart ailment.
PAS election director Datuk Mahfuz Omar said the party’s victory proved wrong talk that the opposition coalition and PAS itself were having internal problems.
He also said that the victory was a special gift for Mohd Salleh on his 52nd birthday today.
Mahfuz said there were complaints from young people employed in the industrial sector that they could not get off work to vote in the by-election.
Meanwhile, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said he would discuss with the state executive council tomorrow on the possible appointment of Mohd Salleh, who is Penang PAS commissioner, as the president of the Penang State Islamic Affairs Council.