MIPP: Indians boycotted after all

Malaysian Indian People’s Party claimed that the by-election results in Kuala Kubu Baharu indicated that the low voter turnout was indeed a boycott against the PH-BN coalition.

“Indian voter turnout yesterday was about 35 percent. PN received about 35 to 40 percent of the votes yesterday. It was a boycott after all,” said its president P Punithan to Harapan Daily.

Urimai led by former Penang deputy chief minister P Ramasamy had campaigned for a boycott against the PH-BN combination.

The overall voter turnout was 61.51 percent.

Indian voters make up 18 percent of the Kuala Kubu Baharu voters which translates to about 7,000 voters.

“We targeted 40 percent, unlike the MIC,” he said.

MIC president Tan Sri S A Vigneswaran had previously said that his party is targeting 80 percent of the Indian voters in Kuala Kubu Baharu.

Yesterday, DAP’s Pang Sock Tao of Pakatan Harapan trounced Bersatu’s Khairul Azhari Saut of PN banner with a majority of 3,869 votes in a four cornered fight to retain the semi-urban mixed constituency.

The PN component leader also claimed that the results proves that the coalition has widened its Indian voter base in its first outing.

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