While it may seem to be a waste of public funds, by-elections are a necessary evil, said election watch groups.
Malaysian For Free and Fair Elections chairman Syed Ibrahim Syed Noor said by-elections are part of the democratic structure.
“I think it is costly but I guess that is the cost of democracy and it is the people’s right to vote. If someone died, we can’t just replace him with the next person,” he said, citing Bukit Gantang and Batang Ai by-elections as examples.
On the case of the Bukit Selambau and Penanti assemblymen who resigned from their positions, he said it was probably the “gentlemanly” way.
“It is part of the responsibility of the assemblyman. They didn’t brush aside the accusations but let the people decide.”
He said the Federal Government did not have to deploy so many policemen during the Kuala Terengganu by-election.
“I think it is unnecessary to have a policeman at every traffic light. We are not at war like Afghanistan,” he said.
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Gentlemanly for Penanti assemblyman Fairus to resign