Triumphaned Kalamanathan flanked by PM Najib on the right and DPM Muhyiddin on the right.

How both side of the political divides described their victory or losses last night? Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Barisan Nasional (BN) win show a shift in people’s support in favour of BN.

He said the victory meant a lot for BN as it had contested in an opposition-ruled state and the seat was also held by the opposition before this by-election.

“The win is very meaningful because if we look at the 2008 general election results and today’s outcome, the nearly 2,000-vote majority shows that a swing in support for BN has taken place,” he said after the by-election result was announced at the multi-purpose hall of the Hulu Selangor District Sports Complex in Kuala Kubu Baharu last night.

On the other side of the aisle – they blamed their loss on rig voting system – alleged vote buying and other unfair tactics by the winning side.

“Of course when you lose something, you do not expect to be happy,” Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said in his concession speech.

“But it’s a matter of course, of how you lose, so it’s ok… I’m ok, I’ll be ok,” he told reporters after giving is concession speech at the stadium here tonight.

A disappointed-looking Zaid even called the Hulu Selangor by-election, the 10th since Election 2008, as the country’s “most dirtiest and most corrupt” by-election.

“We were buried by the obvious buying of votes that the BN indulged in and this was further worsened when the Election Commission itself closed its eyes to it,” he said.

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