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    Ruling parties don't get support in by-elections - Dr M downplays triple defeat

    (Updated )

    Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has downplayed Pakatan Harapan's three consecutive by-election defeats.

    According to him, most ruling parties do not get much support during by-elections because there will be no change in the government following these polls.

    "Whether the government (ruling) party wins or not, the government remains the same," he told reporters in Cyberjaya this afternoon.

    Mahathir also commented on former Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) chairperson Daim Zainuddin's statement that the government is expected to deliver the promises made in the 14th general election in six months

    The prime minister said the government faces a lot of problems.

    "We don't have the money. Money has been stolen. That's our problem. You want to do anything ... the money is not available," he added, according to Bernama.

    Daim said he expects the people to return to supporting the government once it delivers on its promises, especially by paying more attention to the economy.

    On Saturday, Harapan was defeated in the Rantau by-election in Negeri Sembilan.

    Umno acting president Mohamad Hasan retained the state seat in the four-cornered contest with a 4,510 vote majority against Harapan's Dr S Streram.

    The two other candidates were independents, housewife R Malarvizhi, 51, and former lecturer Mohd Nor Yassin, 67

    Mohamad, who is the former menteri besar of Negeri Sembilan, has held the seat since 2004.

    Prior to the Rantau by-election, Harapan was also defeated in the Cameron Highlands by-election in Pahang and Semenyih by-election in Selangor.

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