"Anwar gets BIGGER majority"
If you consider how Anwar was able to convince the simple but smart folks of Permatang Pauh to deliver a larger majority compared to his wife, it seems Anwar's feat can be considered as equivalent to winning a gold medal in the Olympics.
Consider the odds:
- The Elections Commission contrived to reduce the turnout by holding the polls on a working day.
- All the BN government resources were focussed in Permatang Pauh with election goodies being doled out in generous amounts.
- Dirty tricks were employed, notably using religious tactics to smear him.
The government would have gained more respect from the fence-sitters (not that many left) if no ministers had campaigned using official functions and resources.
If the EC had been directed to hold the by-elections on a Saturday or Sunday. Now it looks like the government was using a bull-dozer to kill a mosquito and the mosquito won!
The PKR can also thank the DAP state government for granting the public holiday for that put the icing on the cake as I am sure most PKR would have taken the day off if they really had to.
That is the price that has to be paid if we value our freedom.