Terengganu falls to PAS again

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 10 May 2018

One for me: A voter about to mark her ballot at a voting booth in SK Kemasik in Kemaman, Terengganu. — Bernama

KUALA TERENGGANU: Terengga­nu has again fallen to PAS after the Islamic party secured 21 state seats, more than enough for a simple majority in the 32-seat assembly.

It has also won six out of eight parliamentary seats, with Kemaman incumbent Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek among the biggest casualties for Barisan Nasional.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang successfully retained his Marang parliamentary seat with a majority of over 20,000.

He did not contest in a state seat this time, which makes him ineligible to become mentri besar.

The last time PAS governed Terengganu was in 1999.

Incumbent Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman successfully defended his Seberang Takir seat.

It was a terrible outing for Pakatan Harapan in Terengganu as it failed to win a single seat out of the 40 that it contested.

State Pakatan chairman Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Ahmad failed to defend his Kuala Tereng­ganu seat which he won in GE13 as a PAS candidate.

PAS’ Ahmad Amzad Mohamed defeated Raja Kamarul Bahrin and Barisan’s Datuk Wan Nawawi Wan Ismail with a majority of over 14,000.

Abdul Hadi’s eldest son Muham­mad Khalil, who is PAS Youth chief, won the Batu Buruk state seat for PAS.

Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh, the higher education minister, retained his Besut parliamentary seat for Barisan.

At the Kuala Terengganu tallying centre, PAS party members rejoiced as they congratulated each other for achieving a clean 5-0 sweep.

Besides the Kuala Terengganu par­liamentary seat, PAS also won its four state seats – Bandar, Wakaf Mempelam, Batu Buruk and Ladang.

New Bandar assemblyman Ahmad Shah Muhamed said PAS’ victory was due to the efforts of its machinery.

“Our victory is proof that the people are ready to give PAS a chance to govern and we will work to ensure that we will bring development and prosperity,” he said.

Thousands of supporters also gathered at the Rusila mosque in Marang to celebrate the party’s victory.

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