PKR candidate Mustafa Kamal Ahmad captured the Telok Ayer Tawar state seat in Tasek Gelugor which has been a Barisan Nasional citadel for some two decades.
Mustafa, 60, obtained 7,072 votes while Barisan candidate Zamri Che Ros received 4,869 votes.
“We knew that it was a Barisan stronghold and it would be historic if I were to win, but I did not think I would get such a high majority,” he said after he was announced the winner by returning officer Marlia Mohd Belia at the Sungai Dua tallying centre in Tasek Gelugor.
Mustafa, who was born and raised in Tasek Gelugor, said he realised that the voters wanted a change during the campaign.
“We observed that the people wanted a different direction.
“The other candidates were also newcomers like me, but I have been on the ground for years, so maybe the voters had more faith in me.
“I will carry out all my promises as stated in my manifesto. I will concentrate on enhancing the social and economic standards here,” he said.
Zamri, 49, replaced five-term Telok Ayer Tawar assemblyman Datuk Jahara Hamid, who had retired from politics.
The other contestant Muhamad Hanif Haron of PAS obtained 3,900 votes while Parti Rakyat Malaysia candidate Lee Thian Hong received 88 votes.
In January this year, Jahara, the first female Opposition Leader in Penang, announced that she would not defend the Telok Ayer Tawar state seat to make way for young blood.
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