KUALA LUMPUR – The Election Commission is to hold a special meeting on Friday to discuss the by-elections for the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar parliamentary seats.
EC secretary Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh said today the commission was officially notified of the vacancies by the Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat at 6pm yesterday.
The meeting would be chaired by EC chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah, he said in a statement.
The seats fell vacant following the deaths of Deputy Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Noriah Kasnon and Malaysian Palm Oil Board chairman Datuk Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad in a helicopter crash in Sarawak on May 5.
Noriah was the MP for Sungai Besar in Selangor and Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar, the MP for Kuala Kangsar in Perak.
Noriah’s husband Asmuni Abdullah, her bodyguard Ahmad Sobri Harun, the ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Dr Sundaran Annamalai and pilot Capt Rudolf Rex Ragas were also killed in the crash of the helicopter during a flight from Betong to Kuching.
In the general election in 2013, Noriah won the Sungai Besar seat with a majority of 399 votes by beating Mohamed Salleh M. Husin of PAS while Wan Mohammad Khair-il Anuar secured the Kuala Kangsar seat with a majority of 1,082 votes by beating Khalil Idham Lim Abdullah of PAS, and Independent Datuk Kamilia Ibrahim. – BERNAMA