Anwar garnered 31,195 votes, winning by 15,671 votes and surpassing his wife Dr Wan Azizah Ismail's 13,388-vote victory margin in the 8 March general election.
Here’s what the Prime Minister, Datuk Abdullah Badawi, says of the result of the Permatang Pauh by-election.
(How does that sound? Delusional? Definitely – judging from the statement of the number One man in the country to the information Minister Shaberry Chik (read here ) and Home Minister Syed Hamid Al blur when the message is loud and clear. Barisan Nasional lost because the voters dont want the party you represent and are sick of government propaganda. You still don’t get it it, do you? Too much propaganda is counter-productive. [Read Zorro’s take on How and why Umno lost here and Malaysiakini: Umno's gamble fails spectacularly here]).
JOHOR BAHARU, Aug 27 (Bernama) -- The result of the Permatang Pauh by-election, which was won by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) advisor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, cannot be interpreted as a trend that can happen in other constituencies, Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said today.
The prime minister said the Barisan Nasional (BN) which won 140 parliamentary seats in the March 8 general election still commanded strong support from the people.
"What happened in Permatang Pauh was not something so big as to change the situation that exists after the last general election.
"The Permatang Pauh by-election is one by-election that cannot be interpreted as something that can happen in other constituencies. I believe we can still continue the government." - Bernama