AS RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS
NOW... Will Najib fulfill his promises to the Sibu voters he made before polling day?
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Election Commission makes OFFICIAL announcement:
DAP - 18,845
BN - 18,447
Majority - 398
A crowd of 3,000 gather outside the main tally centre at Dewan Suarah to celebrate DAP's victory in Sibu. They shout, "Dacing tipu". Independent Narawi Haron lost his RM10,000 deposit.
The two-hour delay in the announcement of the result was due to a dispute in the postal ballots where 208 votes were rejected. This however did not change the final result. According to the EC, the dispute was over the validity of witnesses' signature for postal votes.
The final result of the postal ballots:
DAP - 70
BN - 2,323
Ind - 36
Rejected postal votes - 208
Pakatan Rakyat has managed to reverse its series of losses with this win in Sibu.
For DAP, this is the FIRST by-election which the party has won in 13 years. Sibu will be the party's second parliamentary seat in Sarawak to its existing Bandar Kuching.
DIDN'T WORK FOR SARAWAK/SIBU VOTERS
"You Help Me, I Help You"
Sibu voters have replied to Najib, "I can't help you."
What Now, Mr Prime Minister?
Abandon Them even though they are Malaysian citizens and taxpayers?
With the defeat in Sibu, BN may delay the Sarawak state election to next year. Sarawak will need to call the state polls by middle of next year.