Malaysia

Barisan Nasional retains Chini with 12,650-vote majority (Updated)

PEKAN: Barisan Nasional's Mohd Sharim Md Zain has won the Chini state seat with a whopping 13,872 votes.

This is a 12,650-vote majority compared to the two independent candidates, 64-year-old businessman Tengku Datuk Zainul Hisham Tengku Hussin and blogger Mohd Shukri Mohd Ramli, 49.

The result of the by-election was announced by Returning Officer Datuk Zaliza Zulkipli at the vote-tallying centre at the National Youth Skills Institute (IKBN) here at 9.04 pm.

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.

The Chini by-election is the 11th by-election after the 14th general election (GE14) and the first for the Perikatan Nasional government after taking over the country's administration from Pakatan Harapan in March.

The by-election is making history as the first election that takes place in the ‘new normal’ and involves various restrictions to avoid creating a ‘by-election cluster’.

Many new rules have to be followed, among them practising social distancing, the compulsory wearing of masks, as well as frequent hand-washing and temperature checks.

In GE14, 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.

Football news:

Coach Of Brentford: We went from a mid-level team to the third team of the season. This is an incredible achievement
Burnley are not going to sell Tarkowski for less than 50 million pounds
Lester wants to rent Trincou at Barca with the obligation of ransom for 50 million pounds
Scott Parker: Fulham have a lot to progress. And I am happy about it
Manchester United are threatening to pull out of negotiations for Sancho if Borussia do not reduce the price from 120 million euros
Cesc about Casillas: You are a mirror to look into
Lone mascots are another symbol of the year