PONTIAN – November 16, 2019: Barisan Nasional today handed Pakatan Harapan a crushing defeat in the Tanjung Piai by-election, thereby claiming back a parliamentary seat it had held for three consecutive terms until last year’s general elections.
MCA’s Datuk Seri Wee Jeck Seng, who won in the 2008 and 2013, bested his main rival from Pakatan Karmaine Sardini by a staggering majority of 15,086.
On top of the overwhelming majority, BN also won in all 27 polling districts, including those known to be Pakatan’s strongholds, making it the coalition’s biggest victory after winning three of four previous by-elections this year.
“I would like to thank everyone in Umno, Barisan Nasional and Pas for supporting my campaign.This victory proves that people still regard the opposition as a relevant and viable alternative,” said Wee after he was announced the winner at the vote-tallying centre at the Jubli Intan Sultan Ibrahim Hall.
Today’s by-election was triggered by the death of Pakatan’s Datuk Dr. Md Farid Md. Rafik of Pribumi Bersatu last month.
It is the ninth by-elections since last year’s May 9 general elections, where BN suffered its first defeat at a national poll since the country’s independence.
Wee’s win also is the perfect answer to predictions that Pakatan would retain this seat, with the Selangor government think-tank Institut Darul Ehsan getting it wrong not once but twice this year.
Earlier in the year the IDE had, after its survey, predicted that Pakatan would retain the Semenyih state seat and gave Pakatan 46 per cent of the support against BN’s 36. What happened was that Umno/BN received 50.44 per cent of the votes and Pakatan 45.56 per cent.
For Tanjung Piai IDE also predicted a Pakatan win and that 83 per cent of voters would vote for the same parties they did in GE14. It had Pakatan’s support at 53 per cent and BN’s at 44. The result? BN scored 65.60 per cent while Pakatan only managed 26.74 per cent.