KUALA LUMPUR: PKR’s Fahmi Fadzil has emerged victorious after what initially seemed like a tough battle with Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Seri Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin for the Lembah Pantai parliamentary seat.
At 7pm yesterday, Raja Nong Chik was leading by 3,000 votes. But by 8.30pm, Fahmi took the lead by 5,000 votes.
Returning Officer Salim Mansur announced that Fahmi had won by a 5,598-vote majority after receiving 33,313 votes, while 27,715 votes went to Raja Nong Chik.
PAS candidate Fauzi Abu Bakar received 5,277 votes and lost his deposit, while 538 votes were rejected.
“Alhamdulillah” was Fahmi’s response when asked to comment on his win.
“This victory is for the people of Lembah Pantai,” he said.
It was Fahmi’s first time contesting in a general election.
The Wangsa Maju seat was retained by PKR with a majority of 24,238 votes.
PKR candidate Datin Paduka Dr Tan Yee Kew garnered 42,178 votes, while Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Seri Yew Teong Look got 17,940 votes. Razali Tumirin of PAS got 13,490 votes.
All three candidates were not at the tallying centre at SMK Wangsa Melawati when the results were announced by Returning Officer Sulaiman Mohamad at 11.40pm.
When contacted, Dr Tan thanked the voters for giving her the chance to serve them as an MP.
“I would like to thank PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail for having faith in me.
“I would also like to thank the campaign team for their unwavering support,” she said.
Meanwhile, first-time candidate Rina Mohd Haron from Pakatan Harapan won the Titiwangsa parliamentary seat, beating incumbent Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani from Barisan Nasional with a 4,139-vote majority.
Returning Officer Asiah Husin announced at 11.15pm that Rina garnered 23,840 votes, while Johari obtained 19,701 and PAS candidate Mohamad Noor Mohamad 6,845 votes.
Clearly delighted, Rina said she did not expect to win with such a large majority.
“Winning the seat means that I have earned the trust of the people of Titiwangsa,” she Added.
Voter turnout in Titiwangsa was 82.6% with 50,858 casting their votes.
Meanwhile, Pakatan Harapan candidate Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar from PKR won the Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary seat.
He polled 41,126 votes against Barisan Nasional’s Adnan Seman, who received 21,196 votes, and Dr Rosni Adam of PAS who got 7,884.
Kamarudin won with a majority of 19,930 votes.
The seat has 83,650 voters, of which 71,180 turned up to vote. There were 444 spoilt votes and 530 unreturned votes.
“I am thankful for the big win and for the victory achieved by most of the Pakatan Harapan candidates tonight,” he said.
Kamarudin, who was Tumpat MP for four terms before moving to this urban seat, said he could contribute to the country in a bigger way in the capital city.
The results from the 19 polling stations were kept under wraps until 11.30pm, with only two streams consisting of postal votes announced at 7.45pm.
Adnan, when contacted, thanked those who voted for him and respected the decision of the majority.
In GE13, Bandar Tun Razak was won by Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, who contested under PKR and later became an Independent from 2014 after the party sacked him.