PEKAN JULY 4: Mohd. Sharim Md Zain of Barisan Nasional (BN) won the three cornered fight in the Chini state by-election with a majority of 12,650 after crushing his two independent rivals.
With the victory, Mohd. Sharim, 41, will be the new Chini State Assemblyman after he garnered 13,872 votes while Tengku Datuk Zainul Hisham Tengku Hussin, 64 collected 1,222 votes and Mohd. Shukri Mohd. Ramli obtained only 137 votes.
The Management Officer of the by-election Datuk Zaliza Zuilkifli when announcing the results said 239 votes have been rejected, 36 unreturned and unaccounted.
Meanwhile, the turnout of the voters in Chini was 73.87%.
The Chini by-election was the 11th to be called since the last general election in May 2018.
Meanwhile, this is the first by-election victory for the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government after taking over the country’s administration from Pakatan Harapan in March.
The by-election was also the first time held in the “new normal” situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic and involved many restrictions to break the transmission of the corona virus and to avoid creating a by-election cluster.
The by-election was held following the death of incumbent Datuk Seri Abu Bakar Harun, 60, at Kuala Lumpur Hospital due to a heart attack on May 7.
Abu Bakar was Chini state assemblyman since the 11th General Election in 2004.
In the 14th General Election, Abu Bakar retained the Chini state seat with a majority of 4,622 votes, after securing 10,027 votes against PAS candidate Mohd Fadhil Noor Abdul Karim, who obtained 5,405 votes and PKR’s Mohamad Razali Ithnain, with 1,065 votes.-Malaysia World News