Muhammad Aiman for Semenyih by-election candidate

The candidate is an engineer pursuing a doctorate degree in electrical engineering at UiTM Shah Alam

By BERNAMA

Pakatan Harapan announced Muhammad Aiman Zainali, 30, as its candidate for the Semenyih state by-election on March 2.

Muhammad Aiman is the treasurer of the Hulu Langat division of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM). He is an engineer currently pursuing a doctorate degree in electrical engineering at Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in Shah Alam, Selangor.

Pakatan deputy president and PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin made the announcement yesterday.

The by-election has been necessitated by the death of the assemblyman, Bakhtiar Mohd Nor of PPBM, of a heart attack on Jan 11. It will be the sixth by-election to be held after the 14th General Election (GE14) in May last year. The previous by-elections were for the Sungai Kandis state seat on Aug 4, Balakong and Seri Setia state seats (Sept 8), Port Dickson parliamentary seat (Oct 13) and Cameron Highlands parliamentary seat (Jan 26).

Meanwhile, in a separate Bernama report, Institut Darul Ehsan (IDE) deputy chairman Prof Datuk Dr Mohammad Redzuan Othman said the support for Pakatan Harapan in the Semenyih state constituency remains high, at 46%.

He said the finding was based on a survey conducted on 1,142 respondents from Jan 31 to Feb 1.

He said, however, Pakatan Harapan had to work doubly hard to retain the seat, which it won in GE14 and that support for the Barisan Nasional (BN) was at 37%, just nine percentage points behind.

“The support rate is based on the current situation and from what we have observed. If Pakatan Harapan and PPBM in particular, wish to retain the seat, they must get at least 51% of the votes.

“Based on the IDE survey, the winner of the Semenyih by-election will be the candidate who manages to capture most of the votes of fence sitters, who make up 17% of the voters.

He said the survey also found that based on the polling trend, 50% of the voters had already decided who they would be voting for, but another 28% would only make their choice on polling day.

The Election Commission has set March 2 as the polling date for the Semenyih by-election, while Feb 16 will be the nomination day and early
voting on Feb 26.

In GE14 last May, Bakhtiar won 23,428 votes, beating the then incumbent from BN Datuk Johan Abdul Aziz (14,464 votes); PAS candidate Mad Shahmiour Mad Kosim (6,966) and S Arutchelvan from Parti Sosialis Malaysia (1,293). — Bernama

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