Despite the lower turnout and lower majority for PKR at the by-election, newly elected Kajang assemblyperson Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said her party's controversial "Kajang move" was a success.
"Of course it has been effective, because we see young voters (supporting us) giving us that confidence.
"That makes the 'Kajang move' successful," she told reporters after being declared the winner last night.
Flanked by her beaming husband and PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, Wan Azizah added she is also gratified by the rise in Malay votes for PKR.
PKR wrested two Malay-majority polling districts that it lost to BN last year, namely Sungai Sekamat and Taman Delima, and slashed BN's majority in another of its strongholds, Sungai Kantan.
It lost out in only four of the 18 polling districts - Batu 10 Cheras, Sungai Kantan, early voters and postal voters.
The party also raised the share of votes won from 57 percent to 60 percent, despite a lower turnout in Chinese areas where it won handsomely last year.
Wan Azizah said the lower turnout in those areas was due to voters working outside the Klang Valley who chose not to return to cast their ballot, and not due to disillusionment with the wilful resignation of PKR incumbent Lee Chin Cheh.
However, Wan Azizah, who is also party president declined to comment on whether the next step in the "Kajang move" will see a change in the Selangor menteri besar as it was originally perceived to be.
The plan appeared to have been a move for Anwar to take the state seat and take over as MB, until his sodomy conviction just before nomination day scuttled it.
"I told you it is not about position... The next part of the 'Kajang move' is to show good governance under the Selangor government so voters will see how it can be implemented for the whole of Malaysia," she said.
Azmin coy on MB post
Wan Azizah added that her top priority is to thank the people of Kajang by fulfilling her manifesto particularly in solving waste management issues and traffic jams.
Meanwhile, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali said that the "better than expected" victory is due to solid cooperation between Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim as by-election director and himself as PKR election director at national level.
Often portrayed as being in opposing camps, Azmin chuckled when asked about the party's plans for the MB post.
"We will discuss the next step on whatever we promised the people of Kajang.
"Our performance (in Selangor) is good but we want to raise it further.
"It is not a matter of any individual and we will sit with DAP and PAS (on the matter)," he said.