That would pretty much sum up the view of our Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. He said:
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.
“What happened in Permatang Pauh was not something so big as to change the situation that exists after the last general election."
Here's the rest of his remarks in NST:
"Barisan Nasional (BN) which won 140 parliamentary seats in the March 8 general election still commanded strong support from the people.
“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.”
So looks like you people have to simply banish any illusions of grandeur for PKR's future.
That sweet victory in Permatang Pauh?
Well, it will remain in Permatang Pauh....
Indeed, indeed. Of course, the PM has a point.
But you know, the "impossible" happened in the March 8 GE. FOUR states fell to the Opposition. And, oh dear, the BN failed to capture Kelantan.
Looks like nothing has changed. Or perhaps, all these remarks are just for the record.
Now, if that's (actually) the BN thinking down the line, I think that's delusional that can be so suicidal.
*In the Aug 26 by-election, Anwar, who is PKR de facto leader, won the parliamentary seat with a 15,671-vote majority, garnering 31,195 votes against the BN’s Datuk Arif Shah Omar Shah, 51, who obtained 15,524 votes.