PENGKALAN CHEPA, March 22, 2015:

PAS did not face a real test in the Chempaka by-election as the party had to contend only with four independent candidates.

In making this statement, PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu added that the by-election did not test the true strength of its candidate, Ahmad Fathan Mahmood, who faced weak opponents.

“We were challenged by independent candidates and this did not show our true strength. Without Barisan Nasional in the fray, we were not able to judge our strength.

“What we received was the support of our members,” he said after the official announcement of the of the Chempaka results.

Mohamad Sabu said although the party obtained a huge majority of 10,092 votes, it was not a true reflection of its strength.

However, he said he was happy with the victory and PAS was still attracting voters’ support.

“Although we managed to gain a big majority, we did not have any tough competition.

“The votes we received show the support the party has, its members and supporters are still with the party even though Tok Guru (the late Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat) is no longer around. The people have always chosen PAS because of its platform of fighting for Islam.”

PAS candidate Ahmad Fathan Mahmood won the Chempaka state seat with 10,899 votes, defeating the four other candidates by a landslide.

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