KUALA KANGSAR – Barisan Nasional (BN) retains the Kuala Kangsar Parliamentary seat in the by-election with a bigger majority than in the 13th general election (GE13).
BN candidate Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid obtained majority votes of 6,969 compared to a 1,082-majority vote won by her late husband Datuk Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad during the GE13.
Kuala Kangsar Parliamentary by-election returning officer Mior Muhammad Jamil Mior Zakaria, when announcing the official results at the Dewan Jubli Perak at 9.55 pm, said Mastura garnered 12,653 votes.
The other candidates, Dr Najihatussalehah Ahmad of PAS (5,684); Prof Dr Ahmad Termizi Ramli of Amanah (4,883) while Independent Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary only obtained 54 votes and lost his deposit.
Mastura’s triumph simultaneously enabled her to continue her husband’s struggle other than repeating the history of a woman becoming the Kuala Kangsar member of parliament after Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz became its elected representative for seven terms from 1982 to 2008.
The Kuala Kangsar by-election was held simultaneously with the Sungai Besar by-election in Selangor, following the deaths of the respective incumbents namely, Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar and Tan Sri Noriah Kasnon in a helicopter crash in Sebuyau, Sarawak on May 5.
At the Kuala Kangsar by-election, 71.4 per cent of voters turned out to vote as compared to 84.3 per cent in the 13th General Election. – BERNAMA