KUALA TERENGGANU, 29 Dec 2008: Maimun Yusof, 89, who contested as an independent in Kuala Terengganu in the 8 March general election, will not contest in the upcoming by-election for the parliamentary constituency.
Tok Mun, as she is fondly known, said today she did not have the money to pay the election deposit, adding that she had been cheated of the money collected through a blog in her name.
She said a supporter informed her that RM160,000 had been collected but she had yet to see a single sen, and had lodged a police report to clear her name.
Asked if she would contest the by-election if someone paid the deposit, she said it was too late and that she would try her luck in the next general election, age permitting.
In the recent general election, Maimun, who campaigned on a bicycle, polled 685 votes.
The seat was won by Datuk Razali Ismail of the Barisan Nasional (BN) who garnered 32,562 votes while Mohamad Sabu of PAS obtained 31,934 votes in the three-cornered contest.
Razali, who was deputy education minister, died on 28 Nov, necessitating the by-election on 17 Jan 2009. Nomination is on 6 Jan. — Bernama