Malaysia's opposition retains Kajang seat
PARTI Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has won the Kajang state seat in yesterday's by-election.
The final tally showed her securing 16,741 votes while Barisan Nasional's Chew Mei Fun garnered 11,362 votes.
Dr Wan Azizah, wife of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, won by a 5,379-vote majority.
Anwar was disqualified days before Nomination Day because his 2012 acquittal for sodomy was overturned by the Court of Appeal. He was ordered to be jailed five years, but has been released on bail pending his appeal to the Federal Court.
Dr Wan Azizah was contesting in her husband's place.
Voter turnout for the by-election was 72 per cent (28,314 voters) compared to a turnout of 87.9 per cent in the May 5 general election last year.
The Kajang seat, with a total of 39,728 registered voters, fell vacant following the resignation of PKR assemblyman Lee Chin Cheh.
Last year, Mr Lee garnered 19,571 votes, followed by Mr Lee Ban Seng from Barisan Nasional with 12,747 votes, and Mr Mohamad Ismail (Berjasa) with 1,014 votes. There were also three independent candidates.
PKR's Mr Lee won the seat with a comfortable 6,824-vote majority.
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK