BN managed to change 1000 voters who supported PAS before to cast their votes to BN-only 33 votes short of scoring an upset win. Was there a case for `moral victory’ by BN? When the next general election come along could the BN still pour a fraction of the resources they devote to Manek Urai now, to bring the votes to the current level? From this point of view the lose by BN is the best they could do. There is no `moral victory’. In the last by-election in Pengkalan Pasir BN managed to turn a few hundreds votes with millions (as admitted by BN to show it kept its promises) raining down the voters from the Federal Government. But came the next general elections the voters who received the millions happily returned the seat to PAS!
So what is the `moral’ of that `victory’?
More examples can be found in recent elections. Ijok which was won by Rm26mil allocations from the previous Selangor State Government went BN’s way-but within a couple of years, at the Mar 8th General Elections, the voters who enjoyed the new roads and lamp posts, gleefully gave the seat to the Pakatan.
There is a case for `moral victory’ for a losing side if the lose was due to unfair election practice eg the abuse of government positions to make instant allocations to win votes. Which has always been done by BN all these years. There is no `moral’ in such abuse of public fund at all. Even when they win the people think that those were no `victory’ either.