Candidates not letting defeat get them down
PORT DICKSON: Saiful Bukhari Azlan seemed nonchalant on the morning of polling day, acknowledging that all election hopefuls like him must accept the final outcome.
“As a candidate and a participant in this democratic process, we must respect what the people want.”
Saiful, a former aide to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, said: “As an underdog, I’m not too worried.”
But he was shocked with the low voter turnout, saying that there seemed to be more Election Commission officers than voters themselves.
“I’ve visited five schools and there were more officers than voters,” he told reporters at the SK Intan Perdana polling centre yesterday.
Saiful, who made headlines in 2008 when he accused Anwar of sodomising him, was coincidentally at the same polling station at SK Intan Perdana with the Pakatan Harapan candidate. They, however, did not cross path.
Asked how he felt being in the same polling station with Anwar, he merely said: “Well, what can I do? We are contesting, aren’t we?”
Anwar, when met by reporters before leaving, merely shrugged it off.
Another independent candidate, Lau Seck Yan, accepted her defeat, saying that this would not stop her from serving the people.
“I have lots of people-related work in Seremban to keep me occupied.
“Apart from serving vegetarian food to some 200 students once a fortnight, I have volunteer work at a temple and recycling activities with a Buddhist non-governmental organisation in my neighbourhood in Rasah Kemayan,” she said.
Lau, who used the rabbit as her symbol, was saddened that she did not secure as many votes.
Asked if she would contest again if she gets another opportunity, Lau, who has four daughters, said yes.
“But I will look for sponsors to help me fund my campaign as I don’t have the means to do so,” she added.
Independent Kan Chee Yuen said he would contest again if there was a chance to do so.
“I will not give up,” said Kan, who used the pen symbol.
The father of one had put his chances of winning at only 5%.
“I was ready for this. Do not for once think that this result would discourage me from setting up a third force,” he added.
He also plans to set up a political party if it gets enough members in the future.
“As the third force we will support the government of the day.
“We will only help enhance and improve what they are already doing. That is what you call positive politics,” he added.
Deciding factor: Some of the voters posing after fulfilling their voting obligation at Sekolah Kebangsaan Port Dickson. — Bernama