RANTAU April 13: Pakatan Harapan had been slapped for the third time in a row this year when Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan or Tok Mat won over Dr. Streram with a majority of 4,510 votes in the Rantau by-election here today.
In the four corner fight, Mohamad (BN) had garnered 10,397 votes, Dr. Streram (PH) collected 5,887 while the other two independent candidates, R. Malarvizhi 83 and Mohd. Nor Yassin with 79 votes.
Election Commission (EC) Managing Officer of Rantau by-election, Mohd. Nizam Tajul Urus said, 146 votes had been rejected while 79.31 percent from 20,926 registered voters had casted their votes today.
In the last two by-elections in Semenyih and Cameron Highlands held early this year, BN candidates won in the state assembly and Parliament seats respectively.
Mohamad’s victory as the Deputy President of UMNO, was also shared by Vice-President of UMNO, Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin; MCA President, Datuk Seri Dr. Wee Ka Siong and Pas Chief Secretary, Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan who were present at the Dewan Serbaguna Sekolah Kebangsaan (SJKC) Bandar Sri Sendayan where the election results were announced this evening.
The Rantau by-election was held when the Federal Court retained the decision of the Election Court on 16th November 2018 that the victory of Mohamad for the uncontested state assembly seat at the 14th General Election was not valid.
The decision was made after Streram filed a petition to nullify Mohamad’s victory when he was stopped to enter the nomination centre by the Election Commission (EC) staff on 28th April 2018.
Mohamad was the former Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan and the incumbent Rantau Assemblyman for the past three terms since 2004.
Mohamad’s victory was earlier expected by many netizens and political analysts for his good performance when he was the Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan.
Even though several efforts to tarnish Mohamad’s image and his political career had been carried out by his opponents in the by-election, but his victory was a prove that he and UMNO still have the support from the people of Rantau –Malaysia World News.