Firstly, congrats to the eventual winner, the official elected parliamentarian for P44 Permatang Pauh. To borrow the words of kickdafella here, the fella has done it "in style!"
With a bigger majority this time around, it is another slap in the face of the top leaders of the ruling party. I guess no burial ceremony for Anwar Ibrahim's political career, huh? Not as what have been trumpeted arrogantly by the son in law few days back.
What's interesting from tonight's result is this, permit me to quote here an excerpt of kickdafella's posting of the above.
"Arif Shah LOST The Votes from State Assembly Area of Seberang Jaya where he is the ADUN with majority almost 4,000 votes. (8.55pm)"
Now, what does that tell you? It is not so much a signal to Arif Shah. He's already a "dead man walking" when he accepted the task to challenge Anwar. The lost of votes in his so called stronghold is a preview of what may come in the next general election if the present leadership of the ruling party and their idea of transition of power in 2010 is to be retained and upheld respectively. Hey, it may well be a signal to the chosen successor himself. As Sakmongkol puts it, Permatang Pauh could well be Najib's Waterloo.