only just. In fact, by the skin of its teeth.
Can't be a victory, if you ask me.
Consider the fact that in today's by-election, Pas candidate Mohd Fauzi Abdullah won by only 65 votes.
(Of course, that means Barisan Nasional's Tuan Aziz Tuan Mat was defeated.)
And the fact that in the last year's general election, Pas' Ismail Yaakob defeated Mohamed Zulkifli Omar of the Barisan Nasional (BN) with a majority of 1,352 votes.
That is severe.
The Manik Urai seat fell vacant following Ismail's death on May 22.
Ismail, who was deputy head of the Pas Kuala Krai Division, won the Manik Urai state seat in the general election in 1985 and had been the elected representative there for five terms.
Manik Urai is one of the four state seats in the Kuala Krai parliamentary constituency, the others being Dabung, Guchil and Mengkembang.
A win is a win, even by one vote. Sure, sure. That's democracy.
Let's get real here. ONLY 65 votes, in your own fortress, your stronghold for the six terms.
A defeat, in my book. And Pas too, I am sure.
Pas knows what went wrong.
And if it does not get its act together, it will continue to lose its loyal Malay votes.