BALAKONG: Wong Siew Ki from Pakatan Harapan beat her MCA opponent Tan Chee Teong by 18,533 votes in the Balakong by-election.
She garnered 22,508 votes while Tan Chee Teong got 3,975 votes. There was a low voter turnout of 43% for the state seat.
The by-election is a first for Pakatan Harapan and MCA using own party logos.
A total of 26,483 votes were cast, with 227 slips rejected and 24 unreturned.
Wong arrived at 8.45pm at Dewan Desmene in the Hulu Langat District Land Office to accept her election victory.
She was accompanied by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and former Selangor state executive councillor Ean Yong Hian Wah.
Lim said the win was a rejection of parties based on racist or extremist sentiments.
He also thanked the voters for their support for Pakatan and Wong.
Meanwhile, Wong said she would go around today to thank her new constituents, and also start work by reopening files for delayed projects in the area.
“Thank you for your support, this win is not the end, but a beginning,” she told the press.
The by-election was a straight fight between Wong, 32, and Tan, 40, following the death of Eddie Ng Tien Chee in a highway accident on July 20.
Ng was the second term assemblyman when he won the seat by 35,538 majority, beating Barisan Nasional’s Lim Chin Wah and PAS’ Mohamad Ibrahim Ghazali in GE14.
In GE14, the voter turnout for Balakong was 54,384 voters or 88% of the 61,659 voters.
The election saw Ng winning 41,768 votes while Lim and Mohamad Ibrahim got 5,875 and 6,230 respectively.