BN scores impressive victory in Semenyih

BN's Zakaria Hanafi (middle)

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

HULU LANGAT — March 2, 2019: An unprecedented prayer for victory that PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man performed for the party’s former arch-rival, Barisan Nasional (BN), at a rally two days ago has been answered as it scored an impressive victory in the Semenyih by-election today.

BN, which had forged an unlikely alliance with PAS in the last few weeks, managed to overturn the 8,964 majority Pakatan Harapan had garnered in last year’s May 9 general elections (GE14).

This time the former ruling coalition won with a majority of  1,914.

Its candidate Zakaria Hanafi polled 19,780 votes to win the four-corner bout for the state seat, thus ending Pakatan’s hold on the seat for nine months. BN’s percentage share of the votes was 50.44, a significant increase from 30.88 in GE14.

Semenyih is also the first seat to change hands since GE14.

Semenyih by-election result





Zakaria Hanafi



Muhammad Aiman Zainali


Parti Sosialis Malaysia

Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul



Kuan Chee Heng


Majority: 1,914

Voters: 53,257

Turnout: 73.24 per cent

Demographics: Malay 67.71 per cent; Chinese 16.69 per cent; Indian 13.73 per cent; Bumiputera (B/P) Sabah 0.32 per cent; B/P Sarawak 0.23 per cent; Orang Asli (Peninsular Malaysia) 0.54 per cent; Others 0.77 per cent

This was BN’s second consecutive by-election victory after it won the Cameron Highland parliamentary seat last month.

The turnout was the highest compared to the other five by-elections before this held since GE14.

The by-election was necessitated by the death of Pakatan assemblyman Bakhtiar Mohd. Nor of Pribumi Bersatu, who last year won 23, 428 votes or 50.76 per cent.



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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at zaidiazmi91@gmail.com.