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Sweet victory for Nizar in Bukit Gantang

Posted in Uncategorized by malaysiasms on April 8, 2009


The Nut Graph

TAIPING, 7 April 2009: In a major boost for the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) in Perak, PAS’s Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin won the Bukit Gantang by-election tonight with a comfortable 2,789 vote majority over his Barisan Nasional (BN) opponent.

The embattled menteri besar, who was ousted in the BN takeover of the state in February, received 21,860 votes, against 19,071 votes for the BN’s Ismail Saffian. Results were announced by the Election Commission at 9.14pm at the vote-tallying centre at the Taiping Municipal Council Hall.

Independent candidate Kamarul Ramizu Idris received only 62 votes and will lose his RM10,000 deposit. Voter turnout was 75.1%, with a total of 41,626 votes cast out of a total of 55,562 voters. There were 456 spoilt votes.

Turnout was slightly higher when compared with last year’s general election at 72.6%. The winning majority was also significantly bigger as compared with 2008, when PAS candidate Roslan Shaharum won by 1,566 votes.

The Bukit Gantang by-election was necessitated by Member of Parliament (MP) Roslan’s death on 9 Feb. With this win, PAS keeps its number of parliamentary seats at 22, with the DAP having 28, and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) 30, giving the PR a total of 80 seats in Parliament. The BN has 138 seats, and there are four independent MPs.

It was sweet victory for Nizar, who is also the assemblyperson for Pasir Panjang. He had come under increasing attack in the run-up to polling day, with BN leaders portraying him as having committed treason against the Perak sultan, and for being the DAP’s puppet.

But the PR had hit back, calling on voters to use the by-election as a referendum on the BN takeover of the state, which they claimed was done illegally, and also on the new premier, Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

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