KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Harapan (PH) will learn from the outcome of the Kimanis parliamentary by-election and will correct the situation, to win the support of the people, said Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
"We have heard (the voice of the people) and will take this as a lesson to guide us in improving the situation in order for us to regain the mandate and support of the people," she told reporters, here, today.
In the Kimanis parliamentary by-election yesterday Barisan Nasional (BN) retained the seat after its candidate, Datuk Mohamad Alamin, 48, won by a majority of 2,029 votes, defeating Datuk Karim Bujang, 67 of Warisan.
Dr Wan Azizah, who is also PH president said the government respected the decision of the people in Kimanis who might have been caught up by their own issues at the state level and the parliamentary constituency, including over the Sabah Temporary Pass (PSS).
"The important thing is to see where we ourselves can improve, no doubt there are issues such as the PSS and all, but the PSS decision was made during the Barisan Nasional (BN) government and they now say that it is all our fault.
"This is not true. We made some improvements to it but probably the message was not passed down," she said.
In September last year, the Committee on the Management of Foreign Nationals had agreed to issue the PSS to replace the three documents issued to foreign nationals residing in Sabah, namely the IMM13 passes, census certificate and Kad Burung-Burung beginning June 1 this year.
The proposal on the implementation of the PSS went viral on social media, raising controversies and confusion after the facts were misconstrued by certain parties.
In another development, Dr Wan Azizah said she has left it to the PKR Disciplinary Board to review and take appropriate action against PKR vice-president Zuraida Kamaruddin, who was given 14 days to respond to a show cause letter, issued to her for allegations of misconduct.
"I will leave it to disciplinary committee because they have to be independent," said the PKR advisory council chairman. -- BERNAMA