KUALA LUMPUR: Three DAP heavyweights retained their Federal Territory seats for Pakatan Harapan with huge majorities.
Teresa Kok (pic) won the Seputeh parliamentary seat for the fifth term with an even bigger majority of 56,059 votes against Barisan Nasional’s Chan Quin Er of MCA, who was making her electoral debut.
Returning Officer Che Azhar Abdullah announced the results at SMK Bandar Baru Seri Petaling at 10.52pm yesterday.
In GE13, Kok, 54, won the seat with a 51,552-vote majority, the largest majority registered in the country then.
“I want to thank all the Seputeh voters for their support of Pakatan Harapan. We hope and pray for a peaceful transition of power,” said the DAP deputy secretary-general.
First-time candidate Chan, 31, received 7,035 votes in total.
“It’s been a very tiring but gratifying experience,” said the Seputeh MCA division assistant secretary and former deputy public prosecutor.
Fong Kui Lun retained Bukit Bintang after beating Barisan Nasional’s Ann Tan Ean Ean and Penang Front Party’s Khairul Husni Othman.
At 11.08pm, returning officer Abdul Hamid Surip announced that Fong, who ran under the Pakatan-PKR banner, won with a majority of 37,260 votes.
Fong obtained 44,516 votes while Tan got 7,256 and Khairul only 636 votes.
In GE13, Fong won with a 19,399-vote majority.
“I want to thank the people of Bukit Bintang for giving me the chance to serve as their MP for the fifth term,” said the DAP treasurer.
Tan, the MCA Wanita chief for Bukit Bintang, said she would continue to serve the people.
Tan Kok Wai, 60, defended his Cheras parliamentary seat with a 49,665-vote majority against Barisan’s Heng Sinn Yee of MCA.
He received 56,671 votes against Heng’s 7,006. In GE13, Tan, the state DAP chairman, won with a 37,409-vote majority.
Heng, 40, expressed gratitude towards her team and supporters and congratulated Tan.
“I will continue to serve the people as the Cheras MCA Wanita chief,” she said.
The results were officially announced at SK Seri Bintang Selatan at 11.40pm.
Meanwhile, Lim Lip Eng of DAP was declared the winner of the Kepong parliamentary seat.
The former two-term Segambut MP garnered 56,516 votes, beating Barisan’s Ong Siang Liang of Gerakan, who polled 4,888 votes.
After he was announced as the winner, Lim, 45, said: “I won’t betray the trust of those who have supported me. The extent to which I have won comes as a surprise.”
With a majority of 51,628 votes, Lim has solidified his party’s grip on Kepong. The seat had been won by DAP since 1982 by Dr Tan Seng Giaw, who served eight terms.
In the 2013 general election, Tan retained his seat with a majority of 40,307 votes.
Ong said although he lost in the election, he gained a lot of loyal friends in the process.
Gobind Singh Deo of DAP defended his Puchong parliamentary constituency, as Pakatan also swept the two state seats under it.
The 45-year-old retained his seat for the third time, beating Barisan’s Datuk David Ang Chin Tat, 48, of Gerakan, and PAS’ Mohd Rosharizan Mohd Rozlan, 45, by a majority of 47,635 votes.
He polled 60,429 votes.
In GE13, he won with a 32,802-vote majority.
Seri Kembangan DAP candidate and incumbent Ean Yong Hian Wah, 39, received 34,659 votes against MCA’s Chang Toong Woh, 41.
For the Seri Serdang seat, Parti Amanah Negara’s Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud won by a majority of 14,363 votes against Barisan’s Datuk Satim Diman of Umno, and incumbent PAS candidate Noor Hanim Ismail.
The results were announced by returning officer Mohd Zulkurnain Che Ali.
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