(Picture from The Nut Graph)
I love the internet age … the speed of information is so cool!
9.50pm: Official EC tally - Anwar got 31,195 votes, Arif Shah, 15,524, Hanafi, 92. Anwar won with a majority of 15,671.
Anwar’s wife, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, won the seat with a 13,388 majority at the March 8 general elections.
The official voter turnout is 81.1 percent, or 47,410 out of 58,459 registered voters – which is much higher than what the EC has stated earlier. There were 599 spoilt votes.
Meanwhile, outside Tuanku Bainun Teaching Institute, thousands of jubilant PKR supporters have gathered to embrace their leader’s return to Parliament.
PKR vice-president Azmin Ali is already there to address the crowd numbering some 6,000. Other party leaders like R Sivarasa and Tian Chua are also there.
Anwar is expected to address this ecstatic group of supporters later as well. Tian said that the overwhelming victory showed that "the prime minister’s racial politics is bankrupt".
The EC made the official announcement at 10.05pm. Only Anwar and Hanafi were present at the announcement.
Nice graphics from Malaysian Insider …
More commentary and analysis coming in now …
Anil’s blog has always been a favorite, and for this by-elections my top 3! The fun in the photo below is contagious …
(Photo from Anil Netto)
Haris oh Haris … I love your humor in these serious times! True also-Lah, Why so serious?
And then we’re back to on the ground reality after reading this from Mafrel.
In the light of the by-election … and the current political climate, how can the BN-led government expect people to trust them?
What do you think of Lim Teck Ghee’s proposition?
All Malaysians should salute the Malay voters especially as they were subject to intense pressure to vote for the Barisan candidate so as to safeguard “the future of the Malay race” and “Malay supremacy”.
Rejecting one of the most blatantly racist election campaigns run by the BN one example was a widely disseminated flyer of a “babi (or pig) cabinet” coming into power should the PKR candidate win; turning a deaf ear to the smear and fear campaign waged against Anwar Ibrahim, his PKR colleagues and the Pakatan Rakyat parties; ignoring the mainstream mass media which again showed its true colours by largely churning out a torrent of propaganda extolling the present government and running down the opposition candidate, the great majority of this semi-rural constituency voted for a leader and for the Pakatan Rakyat coalition and their hope that through their vote, decency, good governance and good sense will be restored to our body politics and to the other major institutions subject to abusive and repressive BN control and influence.
For those who like details …
PARTI KEADILAN RAKYAT: 31,195
BARISAN NASIONAL: 15,524
VOTER TURN-OUT: 81%