77 candidates in Penang lose their deposit

(From left) MUP’s Tan Gin Theam, Penang Front Party’s Nicholas and PSM’s candidate in Sungai Pinang Teh are among the candidates in the 14th general election who lost their deposits after failing to obtain one-eighth of the total votes cast in the constituency.

SENIOR software engineer Nicholas Diane Morgan who obtained a mere 18 votes is among the 77 candidates in Penang who lost their election deposits.

They are among the 189 candidates who contested in the 40 state and 13 parliamentary seats with some of them contesting in both state and parliamentary seats.

A candidate’s RM5,000 deposit paid to the Election Commission to contest in a state seat and RM10,000 for a parliamentary seat will be forfeited if they failed to obtain one-eighth of the total votes cast in the constituency.

Nicholas, 37, who stood on a Penang Front Party (PFP) ticket in Datok Keramat, said he may still contest in future general elections.

“I took part because of my interest in politics and because my friend Datuk Patrick Ooi, who is the chairman of PFP, encouraged me to do so,” he said.

Azman Shah Othman, who obtained 24 votes as a Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM) candidate in Permatang Berangan, could not be reached for comments.

Five candidates fielded by Barisan Nasional from MCA lost their deposits. They are Wong Chin Chong (Paya Terubong), Lim Swee Bok (Pengkalan Kota), Lim Hai Song (Sungai Puyu), Goh Swee Gim (Berapit), and Kuan Hin Yeep (Padang Lalang).

The lone Barisan candidate from Gerakan who lost her deposit is Peggie Koo Pei Chee, 32, the youngest Barisan candidate who stood in Batu Lancang.

A total of 13 candidates fielded by PAS had their deposits forfeited.

All the 53 candidates fielded by the Malaysian United Party (MUP), PFP, PRM, Parti Cinta Malaysia, Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) and the People’s Alternative Party as well as five independent candidates lost their deposits.

Among them are former Tanjong Bunga assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu who contested under the PSM ticket in Sungai Pinang, former two-term Datok Keramat assemblyman Lim Boo Chang who contested under the MUP ticket, and Ooi who stood in Perai and Batu Kawan.

MUP contested in five parliamentary and 20 state seats, PFP in one parliamentary and 11 state seats, PRM in 16 state seats, PCM in one parliamentary and one state seat, PSM contested in just one seat and PAP in two state seats.

Independent candidates contested in one parliamentary and four state seats.

A scrutiny of the winning candidates showed that Ramkarpal Singh who contested in Bukit Gelugor obtained the highest majority among all those contesting in the parliamentary seats. His majority was 55,951 votes, followed by Steven Sim Chee Keong in Bukit Mertajam (52,827 votes) and Lim Guan Eng in Bagan (51,653 votes).

The lowest margin of victory was Shabudin Yahaya of Barisan in Tasek Gelugor with 81 votes, followed by Reezal Merican Naina Merican of Barisan in Kepala Batas (4,736 votes) and Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik of PKR in Balik Pulau (6,464 votes).

Of the 40 state seats, the highest majority was won by Yeoh Soon Hin in Paya Terubong (31,189 votes), Phee Boon Poh in Sungai Puyu (19,569 votes) and Ong Ah Teong in Batu Lancang (18,208 votes). All are from the DAP.

Ahmad Zaki Yuddin Ahmad Rahman of PKR won Pinang Tunggal with the lowest majority of 127 votes among state seats.

This was followed by Khaliq Mehtab Mohd Ishaq of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia in Bertam (217 votes) and Zulkifli Ibrahim of PKR in Sungai Acheh (416 votes).

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