Pakatan Harapan (PH) will conduct a detailed post-mortem to identify the cause of its defeat in the Tanjung Piai parliamentary by-election, said chairman and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Dr Mahathir in a statement today said he welcomed the decision made by the people of Tanjung Piai, although it was anticipated that majority votes would go to the opposition.
He said he expected the opposition to win by less than 2,000 vote majority but the official results showed a defeat by 15,086 votes.
“A detailed, serious and honest post-mortem at all levels of the party will be conducted to identify the actual cause of our defeat in this by-election,” Dr Mahathir said.
Reportedly, there was a huge swing in Chinese votes and a marginal swing in Malay votes, away from Harapan.
The defeat has renewed calls for Dr Mahathir to speed up the handover of the prime minister’s post to PKR president Anwar Ibrahim.
The victory was also the first for the nascent Muafakat Nasional that effectively joined BN to Islamist party PAS.