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BN wins convincingly in Rantau

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

REMBAU — April 13, 2019: Barisan Nasional (BN) scored an impressive victory in the Rantau by-election today.

BN candidate Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, who is also the former Negeri Sembilan menteri besar won by a comfortable 4,510 votes majority to deny early forcast which suggested a tight contest at the state constituency of 20,804 voters. 

It is Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) third consecutive defeat by BN after those in Cameron Highlands in February and Semenyih last month.

“This victory has once again shown that the people are rejecting PH. They are dissapointed with the coalition’s inability to fulfill its election promises,” said Mohamad after he was announced as the winner at the vote-tallying centre at SJK(C) Bandar Sri Sendayan.

“I am grateful that I won this seat. I can now be an effective check and balance role in Negeri Sembilan,” he added.

Rantau by-election 2019 result

Party

Candidate

Votes

BN

Mohamad Hasan

 10, 397

Pakatan Harapan

Dr S. Streram

 5, 887

Independent

R. Malarvizhi

 83

Independent

Mohd Nor Yassin

 79

Majority: 4, 510

Voters: 20,804

Turnout: 79.3 per cent

Demographics: Malay 53.43 per cent; Chinese 18.81 per cent; Indian 27.01 per cent; Bumiputera (B/P) Sabah 0.18 per cent; B/P Sarawak 0.13 per cent; Orang Asli (Peninsular Malaysia) 0.01 per cent; Others 0.42 per cent

The Rantau by-election is the seventh after last year’s May 9 general election (GE14) and boasted the highest percentage turnout at 79.3 per cent.

Today’s by-election was triggered after a Federal Court’s decision to upheld the Seremban Election Court ruling to nullify Mohamad’s unopposed victory in GE14 after Dr Streram was denied entry to submit his nomination papers as he did not have an entry pass.

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Zaidi Azmi

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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 [email protected]