KOTA BARU: PAS has swept to power in Kelantan for the seventh consecutive term, reducing further Barisan Nasional’s seats and dealing its rival Pakatan Harapan a knockout blow.
PAS clinched 34 state seats and Barisan secured 11 seats while Pakatan failed to win any.
Kelantan PAS secretary Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi said the party had strengthened its grip on Kelantan, securing two additional seats.
“Our supporters have proven all those armchair analysts who have predicted PAS’ downfall wrong,” he said.
For parliamentary seats, PAS and Barisan maintained nine and five seats respectively.
Voter turnout in Kelantan was 75.69%.
Nik Omar, the son of the late PAS icon Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, failed in his bid to wrest control of the Chempaka state seat once held by his father.
He had contested under a Pakatan ticket.
Kelantan Barisan chief Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed won both the Jeli parliamentary and Air Lanas state seats.
Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah also succeeded in defending the Gua Musang parliamentary seat for the eleventh consecutive term.
Parti Amanah Negara vice-president Husam Musa was defeated in Salor.
He also failed in his bid to wrest control of the Kota Baru parliamentary seat from PAS secretary-general Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan.
Barisan’s sole MCA candidate Chua Hock Kuan also failed to wrest control of the Kota Lama state seat from incumbent Datuk Anuar Tan of PAS.
Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali lost his deposits contesting in four-cornered fights in the Pasir Mas parliamentary and Tending state seats.