Sunday, January 18, 2009

Be gracious winners: Nik Aziz to PAS and Pakatan - Star

Jan 18, 2009

KOTA BARU: PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat wants his party’s and Pakatan Rakyat leaders to be gracious winners and not utter “snobbish remarks” that could hurt the feelings of those who lost in Saturday’s Kuala Terengganu parliamentary by-election.

The Kelantan Mentri Besar said any negative statement following the victory would put the party in a bad light.

“Don’t hurt the feelings of opponents because if they are hurt, it will be difficult for us to convince them of our struggle,” he told reporters here.

In the by-election, PAS won the Kuala Terengganu seat by a 2,631-vote margin. Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh polled 30,252 votes while PAS’ Mohd Abdul Wahid, who is Wakaf Mempelam assemblyman, polled 32,883 votes.

Independent candidate Azharudin Mamat @ Adam polled 193 votes and lost his deposit.

In KUALA TERENGGANU, Azharudin said he was not disappointed with the defeat and would consider contesting again in future elections.

Saying that he accepted the result with an open heart as he had done his best, he added that the experience had taught him a lesson on the need to make thorough and early preparations.

“I don’t feel disheartened at all ... . I am aware that the people are voting for parties and not individuals,” Azharudin, a traditional medicine practitioner, said when met at his clinic in Jalan Sultan Sulaiman.

Asked whether he would join any political party in the future, he said it was not “impossible.”

On his disappearance throughout polling day Saturday, Azharudin said he was at a mosque praying for the best.

He also urged the winner to fulfil the promises made and for Barisan not to be discouraged by the result. -- Bernama

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