Already a couple of potential candidates have declared their interests to contest the Penanti by-election in case UMNO pull out: a former PKR Penang women chief (Aminah), and PRM-the party left from the PRM-PKR amalgamation. And who knows if there are some local UMNO proxies who may want to try their luck.That will disappoint Anwar/PKR who openly ask for a walk-over, as though the voice of the people can be taken for granted!
In some democracies no walkover is allowed: nomination will be postponed numerous times to get a 2nd candidate. If that fails the lone candidate will still be required to face the voters in a voting exercise to test if the candidate get a minimum requisite votes eg 20%. If the candidate fail to get this minimum votes he/she will still fail to take up the position under voting! So the Malaysian system of walkover of lone candidate is an anomaly! And this anomaly has been exploited by political parties where they buy up their opponents to create a situation for walk over. But in a better democracy: you can’t do that!
Such situations happen in Sabah and Sarawak where there are numerous nominations but almost as many withdrawals. And a legalised window of withdrawal period has even been created to allow the candidates to remove their name from the ballot paper(even though their deposit as candidate will still be forfeited). Thus the walkover system only create a mini industry for buying up of opponents. This is NOT democracy. The voice of the people/voters cannot be taken for granted!