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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Pilihan Raya Kecil Permatang Pasir: Video Gerak Gempur Pakatan Rakyat

Permatang Pasir By Election: BN kekal tewas di Semenanjung

Lim Hong Siang | Aug 25, 2009 08:25:57 pm

“Angin perubahan” yang dimaksudkan oleh Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Muhyiddin Yassin ketika berkunjung di Permatang Pasir pada hari ini, rupa-rupanya lanjutan daripada tsunami 8 Mac, 2008.

Calon UMNO dari Barisan Nasional, Rohaizat Othman ditewaskan oleh calon PAS dari Pakatan Rakyat, Mohd Salleh Man (gambar kiri) dengan majoriti  4,551 undi.  Mohd Salleh Man memperolehi 9,618 undi, sementara Rohaizat Othman mendapat 5,067 undi, selain undi rosak sebanyak 83 undi.  Undi majoriti berkurang, selaras dengan penurunan peratusan pengundian kepada 73.1%, berbanding 82.57% pada tahun lalu.

Terdapat seramai 20, 289 orang pengundi berdaftar di kawasan DUN Permatang Pasir, dengan Melayu 72.36%, Cina 25.85%, India 1.63% dan kaum lain 0.16%.

Mengimbas Pilihan Raya Umum ke-12 tahun 2008, bekas ADUN PAS, Allahyarham Hamdan Abdul Rahman berjaya mempertahankan kubu dengan 11,004 undi, memandangkan calon UMNO ketika itu, Ahmad Sahar Shuib hanya memperolehi 5571 undi.  Majoriti yang diraih ialah 5,433 undi, dengan 227 undi rosak.

Kekal rekod tewas di Semenanjung

Keputusan malam ini memperlihatkan BN mengekalkan rekod kekalahannya dalam setiap pilihan raya kecil yang diadakan di Semenanjung Malaysia, selepas PRU ke-12.  BN hanya menang di pilihan raya kecil DUN Batang Ai, Sarawak dan tidak bertanding untuk pilihan raya kecil Penanti, Pulau Pinang, 31 Mei 2009.

Sebelum ini, “angin perubahan” lebih kencang apabila pilihan raya kecil kawasan parlimen Permatang Pauh menyaksikan bagaimana UMNO-BN tewas dengan majoriti yang lebih besar.  Malah, Kuala Terengganu yang sebelum ini dimiliki UMNO, ditembusi calon PAS dari PR.

Seterusnya, pilihan raya kecil Bukit Gantang dan DUN Bukit Selambau juga menyaksikan kemenangan yang memihak kepada Pakatan Rakyat, dengan majoriti yang lebih besar.

Keadaan menjadi “reda” buat UMNO apabila membuat kejutan di pilihan raya kecil DUN Manek Urai, Kelantan dengan menghakis majoriti calon PAS, sehingga PAS hanya menang tipis dengan 65 undi majoriti di kubu sendiri.  Walaupun UMNO-BN dilihat cuba mengekalkan, malah memacu momentum selepas “kekalahan tipis” tersebut, namun hasrat BN akhirnya tidak tercapai.

Analisa selanjutnya…

Data terperinci keputusan pilihan raya kecil Permatang Pasir akan dikeluarkan kemudiannya.  Sejauh manakah propaganda UMNO yang disebarkan sejak awal Ogos, bahawa “Anwar pengkhianat Melayu”, “Nik Aziz menghina Islam” dan sebagainya berkesan, akan diteliti dalam analisa selanjutnya.

Permatang Pasir By Election: The Official results

PAS retains Permatang Pasir
Malaysiakini team
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 55-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 result of the by-election was announced by Returning Officer Roslan Yahaya at 7.25pm at the Dewan Perdana of the National Youth Skills Institute in Bukit Mertajam.

‘Thank you all’

Supporters of Mohd Salleh in the hall applauded soon after the result was announced.

Among the leaders present at the Dewan Perdana were the PAS election director Mahfuz Omar and Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Mansor Othman.

After the result was announced, Mohd Salleh alighted from the stage and had dates for the breaking of the fast. The BN candidate was not seen in the hall.

“I thank the voters of Permatang Pasir and party workers.

“I also thank everyone else for contributing to this victory. It is a big victory for Pakatan Rakyat it is the result of our coalition’s close cooperation,” said the PAS man.

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 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 Mahfuz 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 4,550 is a bonus,” he added.

Victory over the crony system

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.

Welcoming the results, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said it was a victory for the people and reflected the rejection of the ‘crony system’ practiced by BN.

“I have confidence that Salleh will continue to serve the people diligently, just as how the late-Hamdan had done,” he added.

Personal attacks not the cause for defeat

BN’s Rohaizat meanwhile accepted the outcome, saying that it reflected a democratic decision.

He congratulated Mohd Salleh and hoped that the PAS man would fulfil his obligations as an elected representative.

He also brushed aside talks that personal attacks on him were the reason for the voters to turn away from him.

“That’s not true. If you look at the results, the votes I got today were consistent with what BN obtained during the 2008 general election. That shows the support for us is the same,” he told Malaysiakini.

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin also agreed with Rohaizat on the level of support for BN.

He said that if the voters were swayed by the personal attacks on Rohaizat, they would have rejected him outright without giving him almost the same number of votes as they did for BN in 2008.

He said that the reasons for the defeat were that Permatang Pasir was Anwar’s area, it was a PAS stronghold, the semi-urban constituency preferred PAS and voters were not interested in development.

He also said that there were more Chinese voters in Permatang Pasir than in Manek Urai where BN only lost by 65 votes to PAS.

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KEMENANGAN PAKATAN RAKYAT DI PILIHAN RAYA KECIL PERMATANG PASIR BUKTI RAKYAT TOLAK POLITIK UMNO-BN
Saya panjatkan rasa syukur di atas kemenangan Pakatan Rakyat di Pilihan Raya Kecil Permatang Pasir. Berbulan-bulan diasak fitnah sebagai pengkhianat bangsa dan berhadapan pembelotan, kemenangan hari ini membuktikan rakyat menolak politik acuan pimpinan umno-bn yang memecahbelahkan.
Penghargaan yang tidak terhingga saya ucapkan kepada seluruh jentera pilihan raya kecil, yang tetap bersabar mengharungi kepayahan pada bulan Ramadhan ini. Kepada YB Haji Salleh Man tahniah di atas kejayaan ini dan tunaikanlah amanah dan mandat yang diberikan rakyat.
Kemenangan dengan majoriti meyakinkan ini ternyata, menzahirkan keyakinan rakyat Malaysia terhadap Pakatan Rakyat, hasrat bergelora mahukan Perubahan dan masa depan Pakatan Rakyat yang pasti gemilang.
ANWAR IBRAHIM
KETUA PEMBANGKANG
DEWAN RAKYAT MALAYSIA

A PAS win in Permatang Pasir?

Updated 5.35pm on 25 Aug 2009

PERMATANG PASIR, 25 Aug 2009: Polling in Permatang Pasir ended at 5pm today with 73.1% or 14,832 voters, out of the 20,290 registered voters, having cast their ballots, the Election Commission (EC) said.

On Twitter, DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang predicted a PAS win with a majority of 3,000 to 4,000 votes. Earlier in the day, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim had predicted a PAS victory with a “satisfactory majority”.

In the March 2008 general election, PAS beat Umno for the seat with a 5,433-vote majority.

Voting today began at 8am, and traffic jams gripped certain parts of the constituency where schools, used as polling centres, were located along main roads. The presence of uniformed police was moderate, and there was little sign of the Federal Reserve Unit, a notable difference compared with the previous six by-elections in the past year.

As neither PAS’s Mohd Salleh Man nor the Barisan Nasional (BN)’s Rohaizat Othman — the rival candidates — is registered to vote in Permatang Pasir, the media’s attention was turned to Anwar. He voted at Sek Keb Seri Penanti in Kubang Semang together with his wife, Parti Keadilan Rakyat president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. They were accompanied by Salleh, who, from there, continued on a tour of all polling stations to greet supporters and voters.

Rohaizat, too, made his rounds at polling stations with his wife Khairul Nisa Abdul Razak in tow. The BN candidate has been on the defence throughout his campaign from attacks about his disbarment from legal practice, and allegations that he married a second wife secretly. He has denied the allegations about a second wife, and has tried to downplay his disbarment by blaming his former legal firm partner.

Other BN and Pakatan Rakyat leaders were also moving around the constituency checking on the mood. Polling was relatively smooth, save for a few minor clashes between rival supporters. A few groups were also seen arguing with police, who were enforcing the rule banning the display of party logos near polling centres.

Notably missing in the vicinity of polling centres were the “pondok panas”, booths or canopies set up by the contesting parties for voters to check their status on the electoral roll. The EC has been stricter this time, enforcing the rules against this and only allowing voters to check their details at EC booths. In past elections, pondok panas were used in last-minute campaigning before voters proceeded to mark their ballots.

Also noticeable was the lack of vehicles sporting party flags and logos, which reduced somewhat the merriment of polling day.

Still, the rules have not stopped supporters from turning out in large numbers despite it being Ramadan, and from shouting themselves hoarse cheering and heckling.

The votes will be tallied at the National Youth Skills Training Institute on Jalan Berapit here. Results are expected by 8pm.

Permatang Pasir By Election: End of Polling

Polling ends, counting to start soon
/ Aug 25, 09 8:51am

Polling for the Permatang Pasir by-election closed at 5pm today. The final voter turnout stood at 73.1 percent, or translating to about 14,832 out of 20,290 total voters coming out to vote.

The Election Commission had predicted a 80 percent voter turnout. In the March 2008 general election, the turnout was 83 percent (16,803 voters).

The counting process will start soon at all eight polling stations. They will then be tallied at the vote-tallying centre at the National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN) in Bukit Mertajam before the official results are announced. Results are expected at about 8pm.

Earlier today, the Permatang Pasir voters started voting at 8am to elect a new state assemblyperson for their constituency.

In all eight polling stations 39 streams were available for voters to cast their ballots.

The eight polling stations are SJKC Lay Keow Permatang Pauh, SMK Sama Gagah, SK Permatang Pauh, SK Permatang Pasir, SK Bukit Indra Muda, SJKC Kubang Semang, SK Seri Penanti and Sek Rendah Islam Al-Masriyah.

The by-election was called following the death of incumbent PAS representative Mohd Hamdan Abdul Rahman, 63, on May 31.

It saw Barisan Nasional’s Rohaizat Othman, 38, taking on PAS’ Mohd Salleh Man, 55. However both the candidates did not vote today as they were not registered voters of Permatang Pasir.

Anwar confident of win

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim and his wife Dr Wan Azizah Ismail are however among the voters in this constituency and they were among the earliest to cast their votes.

Anwar, Wan Azizah and Mohd Salleh arrived at the SK Seri Penanti polling station at about 8.20am to vote.

Speaking to reporters after voting, Anwar said he was confident of a satisfying majority for Mohd Salleh.

“I am happy with our machinery. They have been working hard. I am confident Salleh will win with a satisfying majority,” he said.

He also said that Pakatan Rakyat party workers have been informed to keep a lookout for phantom voters.

“We are aware of Umno strategy but we have party workers to monitor vehicles and buses ferrying phantom voters.

“Umno is using propaganda as if we are bringing in phantom voters. Their machinery is like international circus facility,” said the Permatang Pauh member of parliament. Permatang Pasir is a state seat under his constituency.

Good start for new EC regulation

This by-election is also the first time the Election Commission has gone strict in disallowing pondok panas (canvassing booths) and last-minute canvassing by political parties.

EC chief Abdul Aziz Yusof who made his first visit of the day at SJKC Lay Keow Permatang Pauh said he was satisfied with the situation so far.

He hoped that political parties can adapt to the new culture of no canvassing on polling day and the pondok panas ruling.

Commenting on the EC’s new regulations, Anwar said he was happy that the commission had laid down the rules firmly but added that there was room for improvement.

He also said that the EC could have allowed party workers to help voters check their polling centres. Under the new regulation, only the EC is allowed to do so at it booths outside the voting centres.

Meanwhile the police are standing guard at all polling stations to ensure that parties do not breach the new EC regulations. At certain centres the police are not allowing the supporters to gather.

The weather meanwhile is cloudy with a slight shower expected in certain areas. A downfall is also expected later in the day.

The voters have been coming steadily to cast their ballots, especially the Malay voters who were up early due to the fasting period.

Workers on the way to the Penang island too were seen voting before heading off to work. The traffic around Permatang Pasir has been generally smooth.

Muhyiddin visits voters

Meanwhile Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and some other BN leaders visited the SMK Sama Gagah voting centre at about 9.15am.

There they met and greeted their supporters numbering about 100.

Muhyiddin spoke to voters, especially some senior citizens who had come out early to vote. He and his entourage of BN leaders also visited the EC booth before moving on to the BN operations centre in Sama Gagah. He then left the place at about 9.30am.

The BN supporters chanted ‘Hidup BN’, ‘Hidup Melayu’ during Muhyiddin’s short visit.

Among the leaders with him were Gerakan president Koh Tsu Koon, Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin and Permatang Pauh Umno division head Jalil Abdul Majid.

At about the same time, over at the Seri Penanti polling centre some 200 supporters from both BN and Pakatan were targeting each other with jeers and mocks.

The PAS crowd shouted ‘Umno pengkhianat’ (Umno traitors) while the rebuttal from the other side was ‘Hidup, Hidup BN’ (Long live BN). A police Light Strike Force unit is on standby to disperse the crowd.

However, upon a request from the police, the crowd dispersed. The BN crowd – mostly mat motors – immediately left the place on their motorcycles but the PAS crowd retreated by about 200 metres to regroup.

And over at the Kubang Semang voting station, the atmosphere was also hot with supporters from both sides teasing each other.

The same situation was also prevalent at the SJKC Lay Keow where about 30 Umno Youth members were asked to stay away by the PAS supporters.

DAP leader Lim Kit Siang also visited the centre this morning and explained that the by-election was a referendum on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

Candidates meet at polling centre

The candidates – Rohaizat and Mohd Salleh – meanwhile bumped into each other at the SMK Sama Gagah polling centre at about 10am while making their rounds.

They greeted each other warmly and were seen exchanging pleasantries.

Rohaizat, speaking to reporters later, said the voting process was proceeding smoothly and he was happy with the process so far.

He also urged voters to come out early to vote as it could rain later in the day.

Wearing a red Baju Melayu with a songkok, Rohaizat also urged party workers to maintain discipline throughout the day and work hard to ensure a win.

EC chief: So far so good

At about 11.30am, EC chief Abdul Aziz said he was satisfied with the turnout so far and with the general polling process.

He hoped that the EC target of 80 percent turnout can be achieved by the end of the voting period.

“I also hope there is no rain today. So far we have also not heard of any complaints of phantom voters,” he said.

There was a slight drizzle in the morning but the weather has cleared up since.

By noon, the voter turnout had risen to 47.2 percent, or 9,573 voters. An hour later, the figure was 10,812 voters, or 53.3 percent.

At 2pm, the turnout has climbed to 59 percent with three hours to go and at 3pm it hit 65 percent, or 13, 172 voters.

In another development, election watchdog Mafrel reported that it found one BN pondok panas near SK Permatang Pasir polling centre.

“But it was immediately asked to be shut down by the EC,” said Mafrel coordinator Mohd Zaki Abdul Ahmid.

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Pilihan Raya Kecil Permatang Pasir 2009, LIVE

Di Hari Mengundi N11 Permatang Pasir:

DSAI ketika bersiap untuk ke Pusat Pengundian, Sek Seri Pananti di Permatang Pasir

Jam 9.00 pagi, jalanraya sudah penuh sesak

Gerombolan bermotosikal Pemuda Umno yang telah diarah oleh polis untuk beredar

Sebahagaian Puteri Umno

Seperti biasa, helikopter berligar di awan

Unsur-unsur provokasi dari pemuda Umno

Barung SPR yang tiada kelihatan wakil-wakil calon parti untuk menyelia proses memeriksa nama dalam daftar pengundi

Calon tiba di Samagagah

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Pilihan raya kecil Permatang Pasir  dimulakan dengan beberapa kejadian tidak diingini. UMNO-BN menggunakan pelbagai taktik kotor yang seharusnya ditangani oleh Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya.

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Umno-BN menggunakan taktik membuat kacau di beberapa tempat pusat mengundi.

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Rakyat digesa untuk mengundi awal.

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Pemuda Umno membuat provokasi tanpa kawalan polis.

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Polis bertugas secara tidak adil, mendesak semua petugas Pakatan Rakyat melucutkan pakaian yang menggunakan lambang parti. Tetapi arahan yang serupa tidak dikeluarkan untuk petugas BN.

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SPR telah mengeluarkan satu peraturan bahawa hanya pihak SPR yang boleh memangkah bagi pihak warga emas dan OKU.