Malay votes increased by 3 percent but…

State affiliated think tank, Institut Darul Ehsan (IDE) revealed that the voting pattern in the recently concluded Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election saw the support for PH-BN increase among Malays by three percent.

“The voting pattern along racial lines, when compared to the state polls last year, saw an increase of three percent among Malays,” IDE revealed via Facebook.

“PN still dominated Malay support in the by-election.

Chinese support remained for PH and support of the Indians saw an increase of eight percent.

On that note there was an increase of four percent among Indians who supported the opposition.

The Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election over the weekend saw DAP’s Pang Sock Tao of Pakatan Harapan trounce Bersatu’s Khairul Azhari Saut of PN with a majority of 3,869 votes in a four cornered fight to retain the semi-urban mixed constituency.

In a related development political scientist James Chin of Tasmania University cautioned political parties that the voting pattern is merely a reflection of local sentiments.

“The KKB victory does not indicate a significant change in the way people vote. The bulk of Malay voters in the country still favor PN/Moon.

“Anyone who thinks KKB is a game changer needs to see a shrink. KKB reflects local sentiment at this particular time. Nothing more.”

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