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Malay Vote Swing Trend Continues in Pelangai By-Election Despite Unity Government Victory: Report

In the Pelangai by-election, the Malay vote swing trend persisted, despite a recent victory for the unity government. This intriguing political development reflects ongoing shifts in voter sentiment, signaling a potential challenge for the ruling coalition. The outcome underscores the importance of understanding and addressing the concerns of the Malay electorate in the evolving political landscape.

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In the recent Pelangai state assembly by-election, Perikatan Nasional (PN) may have conceded defeat to the Pakatan Harapan-Barisan Nasional (PH-BN) alliance, but an interesting observation was made by a Bersatu political scientist regarding the voting patterns.

Datuk Dr. Marzuki Mohamad, a former aide of the eighth premier Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, noted that there was no “full vote transferability” between PH-BN in this by-election. To put this into context, during the 15th General Election (GE15) on November 19th last year, PH received a total of 2,031 votes. If there had been a complete transfer of votes from PH to BN, we would have expected BN to secure an increase of 2,031 votes in this by-election.

However, the reality was quite different. BN only managed to secure an increase of 16 votes in the Pelangai by-election. What stood out even more was the swing in Malay votes towards Perikatan Nasional (PN). Marzuki observed that the number of votes for PN increased by 1,115 in this by-election.

In summary, despite the victory of the unity government (PH-BN alliance), the by-election results showed that there was not a significant transfer of votes from PH to BN as expected. Instead, the noteworthy trend was the increase in Malay votes for PN, indicating a shifting political landscape in Pelangai.