By Election in Negeri Sembilan

Bagan Pinang rep dies, 9th by-election on the way
Sep 4, 09 3:19pm

Barisan Nasional’s Bagan Pinang state assemblyperson Azman Mohd Noor, 54, passed away today from blood infection.

He passed away at about 2.30pm at the Seremban Specialist Centre.

His death will pave way for the ninth by-election since the March 2008 general election.

The outcome of the by-election however will not jeopardise the BN’s control in the state as the coalition controls 20 other seats out of 36 in all. Pakatan controls the remaining 15 – DAP (10), PKR (4) and PAS (one).

In March 2008, Azman defeated PAS’ Ramli Ismail by 2,333-vote majority.

He was a first-term state representative.

The seat is one of the five state seats under the Teluk Kemang parliamentary seat in Negri Sembilan, currently held by PKR’s Kamarul Baharin Abbas.

Of the five state seats in Teluk Kemang, two are held by Umno, two by PKR and one by DAP.

Complained of fever

His son Hairol Asfani, 22, said Azman was admitted to the hospital at 3.30am due to fever.

“He complained of fever but was able to walk unassisted. After the breaking of fast yesterday, his condition worsened and he was unable to walk,” he said.

He also said that all family members were at his bedside when Azman died at about 2.30pm.

He leaves behind a widow Normah Zainal Abidin, 49, and five children Mohd Khusairi, 23, Hairol Asfani, 22, Norsyazila, 19, Norsyafikah, 16, and Norsyafitra, 13.

Hairol Asfani also said his father underwent a coronary bypass surgery in May.

Also present at the hospital were Menteri Besar Mohamad Hasan and
former menteri besar Mohd Isa Abdul Samad.

His remains would be buried at the Kariah Muslim cemetery in Bagan Pinang tonight.

Meanwhile, state assembly speaker Abdul Razak Mansor said he would send a notice informing the Election Commission of the vacancy for the Bagan Pinang seat. A by-election must be held within 60 days.

The Bagan Pinang by-election will only be the third seat which will be defended by Barisan Nasional in the nine by-elections since March 2008.

It retained the Batang Ai state seat in April but lost Kuala Terengganu parliament seat in January. All other seats were retained by Pakatan, including one in Penanti (state seat) in May which the BN did not contest.

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