The smallest winning margin of 0.22%, or 81 votes, in GE14 was recorded at Tasek Gelugor, Penang
By KEVIN WONG / Pic By HUSSEIN SHAHARUDDIN
Every vote counts and that was the case for some candidates in last week’s 14th General Election (GE14) which resulted in a change of government to the new ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
GE14 saw history made with Pakatan Harapan’s Tony Pua (picture) obtaining 121,283 votes for the Damansara parliamentary seat in a landslide win over Barisan Nasional’s (BN) Ryan Ho Kwok Xheng who only obtained 14,380 votes, and Datuk Wong Mun Kheng of Parti Rakyat Malaysia who obtained 617 votes.
The Damansara parliamentary seat, following the redelineation exercise of the constituencies approved by the Dewan Rakyat in March, saw its registered voters number doubling to 146,322 in this election.
The Petaling Jaya seat saw Maria Chin Abdullah of Pakatan Harapan defeating both BN’s Chew Hian Tat and PAS’ Noraini Hussin with 78,984 votes.
She obtained a majority of 49.5%, or 57,137 votes, over BN and PAS, tripling that of her predecessor Hee Loy Sian (19,920 votes) in GE13.
Pakatan Harapan, with a winning majority of 73.46%, or 92,353 votes, retained the Subang parliamentary seat as Wong Chen won against BN, PAS, as well as an independent candidate.
Wong replaces Pakatan Harapan’s Hannah Yeoh who won the Segambut parliamentary seat with a total of 70.6%, or 53,124 votes — crushing Datuk Dr Loga Bala Mohan of BN (7,422) and Mohd Solleh Ab Razak of PAS (4,181) in GE14.
Newcomer and youngest MP P Prabakaran — who was running against BN’s Datuk Dr Dominic Lau Hoe Chai, independent Datuk VM Panjamorthy and PAS’ Azhar Yahya for the Batu parliamentary seat — won with 24,448 votes.
The 22-year-old, who contested as an independent, had agreed to subscribe to Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto, as former Batu MP Tian Chua of PKR could not defend his seat after being dismissed by the returning officer and Election Commission over his conviction for insulting a policeman last year.
BN candidate and MCA Youth chief Datuk Chong Sin Woon was defeated in Seremban by Pakatan Harapan’s Anthony Loke Siew Fook who retained his parliamentary seat with 33.4%, or 30,694 votes.
The smallest winning margin of 0.22%, or 81 votes, in GE14 was recorded at Tasek Gelugor, Penang, where BN Datuk Shabudin Yahaya came out victor with 18,547 votes over Marzuki Yahya of Pakatan Harapan, who only managed to get 18,466 votes.
Former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong of MCA retained his Ayer Hitam parliamentary seat by an insignificant margin of 0.78%, or 303 votes, against Pakatan Harapan’s Liew Chin Tong and PAS’ Mardi Marwan.
MIC’s Datuk M Saravanan likewise retained the Tapah parliamentary seat with a slim margin of 1.7%, or 614 votes, after defeating Pakatan Harapan’s Mohamed Azni Mohamed Ali and PAS’ Norazli Musa.
Datin Mastura Yazid of BN also retained her Kuala Kangsar parliamentary seat with a thin margin of 2.4%, or 731 votes.
Despite the victory, her winning major ity had dropped by 27.5% from the 2016 by-election.