KUALA KUBU BHARU, April 25 — PKR’s Datuk Zaid Ibrahim who suffered a crippling loss tonight to first time candidate P. Kamalanathan admitted he felt some dejection over his defeat and blamed it on the Barisan Nasional’s “buy-election” tactics.
“Of course when you lose something, you do not expect to be happy.
“But it’s a matter of course, of how you lose, so it’s ok... I’m ok, I’ll be ok,” he told reporters after giving his concession speech at the stadium here tonight.
He pointed out however that the loss had only been because of the BN’s deep coffers and how Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had willingly thrown more than RM60 million as sweets to entice voters during the by-election campaign.
“We were buried by the obvious buying of votes that the BN indulged in and this was further worsened when the Election Commission itself closed its eyes to it,” he said.
Zaid’s concession speech was delivered to a relatively scarce crowd of supporters who gathered to hear him speak.
Also at the stadium was Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, PKR vice-presidents Azmin Ali and R. Sivarasa and other Pakatan Rakyat leaders.