Con­test­ing polls a per­sonal vic­tory for me, says Sai­ful

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PORT DICKSON: Datuk Seri An­war Ibrahim’s for­mer aide, Mohd Sai­ful Bukhari Azlan, said he may have lost badly but con­sid­ered con­test­ing the election as a per­sonal vic­tory.

“I ac­cept the out­come with an open heart.”

He said he brought a new di­men­sion to the po­lit­i­cal land­scape of the coun­try by par­tic­i­pat­ing.

“There is noth­ing for me to re­gret.

“Peo­ple here did not have any prob­lem ac­cept­ing my par­tic­i­pa­tion as an in­de­pen­dent can­di­date.

“It’s just that they may not be ready to ac­cept an in­de­pen­dent as their rep­re­sen­ta­tive,” he said when asked to com­ment on the 82 votes he won.

In­de­pen­dent can­di­date Ste­vie Chan Keng Leong, who got 337 votes, said he hoped An­war would ful­fil his pledges to the peo­ple.

“I hope that he can up­hold the Malaysia Baru agenda and en­sure PD’s po­ten­tial is re­alised soon.”

Af­ter a gru­elling two weeks of cam­paign­ing, Chan said he wanted to take a break and spend time with his fam­ily.

“It was an ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ence which would con­trib­ute to the shap­ing of a more a pro­gres­sive Malaysia.”

He thanked can­di­dates for keep­ing the con­test gen­tle­manly.

“I want to thank peo­ple for their con­tri­bu­tions, hopes and prayers.”

In­de­pen­dent can­di­date Lau Sek Yan, 51, said she lost noth­ing de­spite her de­feat.

“I met so many peo­ple of PD. Some sent me pic­tures of their fin­gers smeared with in­deli­ble ink to say that ‘this is for you’, show­ing that they have voted for me.”

Some of her friends from school and univer­sity days re­con­nected with her af­ter read­ing about her de­ci­sion to stand in PD.

The house­wife said spend­ing 14 days cam­paign­ing with her hus­band strength­ened their bond.

“I am glad to have met so many mem­bers of the me­dia.

“Their ded­i­ca­tion to their job is ad­mirable,” she said at the Port Dickson Mu­nic­i­pal Coun­cil Hall here.

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