PAS wins the Permatang Pasir seat with a majority of 4,451 votes.
Modh Salleh from PAS polled 9,618 votes.
Mohd Rohaizat from BN polled 5,067 votes.
It’s official: PAS wins Permatang Pasir
Aug 25, 09 6:34pm
PAS has won the Permatang Pasir state seat by-election in Penang today with a majority of 4,451 votes.
The majority however had decreased by nearly 900 votes since the last general election which saw the party winning by 5,433 votes.
The Election Commission announced that PAS candidate 52-year-old candidate Mohd Salleh polled 9,618 votes while BN’s Mohd Rohaizat Othman, 38, garnered 5,067.
Voter turnout had also decreased this time around to 73 percent which the Election Commission chief Abdul Aziz Yusof blamed on the A(H1N1) outbreak.
In the previous election, the turnout was 82.6 percent.
The by-election in the heart of Anwar Ibrahim’s parliamentary stronghold of Permatang Pauh was held following the death of PAS state assemblyperson Mohd Hamdan Abd Rahman on July 31.
This is the eighth by-election since the March 8 polls last year.
With this victory, Pakatan Rakyat has taken seven with BN only emerging victorious in Sarawak’s Batang Ai contest.
Voting trend has not changed
Opposition leader and Pakatan Rakyat supremo Anwar Ibrahim said the victory reflected the people’s trust in the opposition alliance.
“Today’s result proves that the people have rejected the divisive politics of Umno/BN,” he added in a statement.
PAS vice-president and by-election co-ordinator Mahfuz Omar described the victory as a ‘birthday gift’.
“This is the second birthday gift for me after winning my lawsuit against Berita Harian (last week).
“I’m now 52. I usually celebrate with my wife and children and this year I celebrate with the candidate and party colleagues. It is a very precious birthday gift,” he said.
Mahfuz said the results show that the trend set in 2008 hasn’t changed.
“The only thing that has changed was the voter turnout (a reduction of) about nine percent.
“That doesn’t mean that there is a change in voter attitude towards PAS. After all, it is a working day,” he said.
“This is a step forward from what was achieved in Manek Urai. It is significant milestone, which well exceeded my prediction of winning by one-vote. The balance 4,556 is a bonus,” he added.
PAS researcher Dzulkifly Ahmad said the results showed that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has not made improvements. “I don’t want to say this is a referendum in retrospect, but the fact is, he has not regained lost ground,” he added.