Can­di­dates not let­ting de­feat get them down

The Star Malaysia - - Nation -

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

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