Speaking to reporters after the polls results were announced, Zaini, who won the Nusajaya state seat, said he was sad that Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman and Liang Ah Chy did not win in the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat and Skudai state seat respectively.
However, Dr Zaini said he would accept the challenge of working together with Lim and Dr Boo, who is the Gelang Patah member of parliament and Skudai assemblyman, respectively.
"It is not the end of the world ... this just means that BN component parties will have to work harder. We must work together for the rakyat."
Dr Zaini won 23,166 votes, defeating Pas vice-president Sallahuddin Ayub by a 2,201-vote majority.