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Huge victory for Anwar, but wait for real prize goes on

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Port Dickson has clearly decided in favour of prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim, granting him nearly three-quarters of the vote in Saturday's (Oct 13) by-election, but a closer look at voter numbers reveals a cloudier picture.

While Datuk Seri Anwar can claim a larger margin of victory and a larger vote share than what was secured by former MP Danyal Balagopal Abdullah in the May general election, critics say that despite the electorate being offered a future premier as their representative, the Parti Keadilan Rakyat president could not muster more votes than the incumbent who vacated the seat for him.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 14, 2018, with the headline Huge victory for Anwar, but wait for real prize goes on. Subscribe