Sunday, 11 October 2009

Bagan Pinang: Isa scores landslide win...

Barisan Nasional’s Tan Sri Mohd Isa Samad has won the Bagan Pinang by-election with a thumping majority of 5,435 votes.

Tan Sri Isa, the former Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar, who was stripped of his vice-presidency post by the party for money politics in 2005, polled 8,013 votes against PAS state commissioner Zulkefly Mohamad Omar’s 2,578.

The by-election was held following the death of Barisan Nasional’s Azman Mohamad Noor due to a blood disorder on Sept 4.

Azman had won the seat against PAS’ Ramli Ismail in the last general election with a 2,333-vote majority, polling 6,430 votes against PAS’ 4,097.

The official result was announced by returning officer Abdul Wahad Samsuddin at the Port Dickson Municipal Council Hal at 8pm amidst jubilant Umno supporters.

In an immediate reaction, PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub said that his party accepts the decision of Bagan Pinang voters.

BN has won all eight polling districts, including the three Indian estates, which showed a return in support from the minority community.

After a series of by-election defeats, the Bagan Pinang victory has provided the much- needed boost for the BN which until now has lost all but one by-election since the March 8 general elections last year.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Umno deputy president, has described the victory as significant and a positive sign for BN.

The by-election contest tally now stands at 7-2, with Pakatan Rakyat previously sweeping all except for Sarawak's Batang Ai.


Anonymous said...

The win for BN is expected and the increase in support anticipated.

Bagan Pinang after all is BN's homeground. It fielded a popular (albeit tainted) candidate.

Also, BN has access to the army camps with blessings from the authorities to get the soldiers to vote for them.

PR on the other hand did not have this advantage and their candidate wasn’t that well known.

It’s time for PR to reflect upon itself. Stop pointing fingers and find excuses for its defeat.

It should instead focus on what they have not done right to win the hearts and mind of the people.

neutral said...

Despite his tainted past, Isa obviously is a popular personality to the people of Bagan Pinang and succeeded in bringing the much needed win for BN.

It was a gamble/risk/strategy on the part of BN that paid off.

lkh said...

Bagan Pinang was a foregone conclusion due to the popularity of the candidate and the huge postal votes.

That's it!

Anonymous said...


For postal votes, BN had 3,521 votes while PAS polled 601 votes from the total postal votes of 4,604 made up of 4,571 military votes and the rest from the police.

So please stop blaming on postal votes as a factor for Pas’ defeat. Even if Isa were to give all his postal votes of 3,521 to Pas, BN would still win by a margin of 1,914.

matt said...

According to Bernama although PAS has accepted its defeat in the Bagan Pinang state by-election it has cited postal votes as a factor for its failure to wrest away the Barisan Nasional (BN) stronghold.

I think Pas/Barisan Rakyat (PR) should not syok sendiri. The Rakyat are not stupid.

Either you demonstrate the change you promised with sincerity and stop squabbling among yourselves or you will be wiped out from the national political scene.

Pakatan/Pas defeat was a vote of dissent against PR!

Please stop pointing fingers at BN. Start performing.

Amin said...

The loss is a wake-up call to PR not to be overly confident and complacent after a string of wins in by-elections since the last GE.

PR should re strategise, work as a team (not only during by-elections) and stop bickering among themselves.

Hellooo PR, the people who voted for you in the GE 12 are watching to see if you deserve their votes in the next GE.

Anonymous said...

Depa kata BN/umno menang because of the postal votes.

Soalannya is: could Umno win without the postal votes?

The answer is: Of course.

Had all the 3,251 postal votes that went to BN gone to PAS, the ruling coalition would still have won by more than 1,000-vote majority.

puteri said...

This is part and parcel of the democratice process. There is always a winner and loser You win some and you lose some.

In 9 by-elections held so far, PR won 7, BN 2. Not bad, I would say considering that PR was against, especially in Bagan Pinang, the might of a local warlord, money and the well-oiled BN election machinery.

There is always another time.

hakimi said...

A landslide win? I’d say a hollow victory with devastating cost to the victor.

Win the war but lose the battle? There’s the battle to be won - the GE 13.

mawar said...

For your reading pleasure:
Why Pakatan lost in Bagan Pinang by anil netto

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