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BN wins big in Bagan Pinang (Updated 10:40pm)

Updated at 10:40pm, 11 Oct 2009

PORT DICKSON, 11 Oct 2009: The Barisan Nasional (BN) retained the Bagan Pinang state seat in Negeri Sembilan after its candidate Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad defeated PAS candidate Zulkefly Mohamad Omar with a majority of 5,435 votes.

Isa polled 8,013 votes while Zulkefly obtained 2,578 votes in today’s by-election, the ninth since the March 2008 general election.

Isa secured a 5,435-vote majority, compared with the 2,333-vote majority garnered by former BN assemblyperson Azman Mohammad, whose death necessitated the by-election.

The victory is seen as significant to BN as it could inspire the coalition to regain lost ground after its dismal performance in the 2008 general election.

Although the by-election was held on a weekend, it could only muster a voter turnout of 82%. There were 223 spoilt votes.

BN supporters erupted into cheers when the results were announced by returning officer Abdul Wahab Shamsuddin at the Port Dickson Municipal Council hall at 8:03pm.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Negeri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, and Isa raised their arms as they took the stage to the shouts of “Hidup Barisan!”

Zulkefly and PAS supporters were not seen in the hall.

PAS accepts defeat

Later, however, PAS said it accepted its defeat but stated that postal votes were a factor for its failure to wrest the seat away from the BN.

PAS vice-president and the party’s Bagan Pinang election director, Salahuddin Ayub, claimed that the party’s loss was caused by the “fear factor” of gangsterism that made it difficult for the party to reach 13,664 voters in the area.

“PAS accepts the decision but remains committed to striving for a more transparent postal vote system,” he told reporters after the result was announced.

For postal votes comprising ballots from both the military and the police, BN had 3,521 votes while PAS had 601 votes. — Bernama

Bagan Pinang 11 Oct 2009 by-election
Party Votes
 Isa Abdul Samad Umno/BN 8,013
 Zulkefly Mohamad Omar PAS 2,578
 Majority 5,435

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3 Responses to “BN wins big in Bagan Pinang (Updated 10:40pm)”

  1. Rantong says:

    Congratulation to BN and 1Malaysia.

  2. merah silu says:

    Congratulations to Tan Sri Isa, Umno and BN for the convincing victory in Bagan Pinang. You have done a good job and I hope it will be a good turning point for BN and Umno.

  3. james au says:

    To some, the Bagan Pinang win for the BN is joyous; but to BN it is a relief. This win is nothing short of bizarre to most Malaysians. The result simply showed that money politics and corruption are still very much alive and accepted, at least in Bagan Pinang.

    The specialist Isa Abu Samad has managed to pull of another magnificent stunt!
    Democratically speaking, he has created a bigger “herd of fools”: this time, 8,013-strong who believe in this ideology. Ahe man most instrumental in this ideology is none other than our PM. For without his blessings and wholehearted support, the victory would never has materialised. It’s the last straw to save some face in the BN/Umno. After all, look at the MCA and MIC now.

    I just have to accept the fact that 1Malaysia is actually 1Corrupt Malaysia.

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