Semenyih by-election: Live updates from the nomination centre

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  • Friday, 15 Feb 2019

10.25am: It's official! Returning officer Datuk Mohd Sayuthi Bakar announces there are no objections to the nomination process. Semenyih by-election will be a four-cornered fight between Pakatan's Muhammad Aiman Zainali, Barisan's Zakaria Hanafi, PSM's Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul and independent candidate Kuan Chee Heng. 

10am: Returning officer Datuk Mohd Sayuthi Bakar announces that nomination has closed. 

9.31am: Kuan Chee Heng called back to meet with EC personnel handling nomination. He is seen walking to the desk with a purple file.

9.30: So far, only four candidates have filed their nominations. Candidates are given up to 10am to submit their nomination forms at the nomination centre. 

9.26am: All candidates complete filing their nomination forms and are now waiting inside the nomination centre. 

9.20am: The mood at the nomination centre among rival parties is very friendly and cordial. Pakatan leaders Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Lim Guan Eng walk over to their opponent's camp to greet Barisan's Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan and Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz and they have a brief chat. 

9.11am: Barisan and Pakatan candidates have submitted their nomination papers. Independent Kuan Chee Heng and PSM's Nik Aziz are in the process of doing so. 

9.07am: Despite being rivals, candidates adher to EC's advice to remain civil. PSM, Barisan, Pakatan supporters are seen being cordial with each other. 

9.05am: Independent candidate Kuan Chee Heng arrives at nomination centre with his supporters. 


9am: PSM candidate Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul enters the nomination centre.

8.59am: Barisan candidate Zakaria Hanafi enters the nomination centre.

8.50am: Authorities remain strict at guarding the gates as they stop several Pakatan Harapan supporters already inside the centre from passing passes to others outside.

8.50am: The Election Commission is very strict at the gates that even Kajang assemblyman Hee Loy Sian and Muhammad Aiman's wife is not allowed to enter the nomination centre for not wearing passes. All that is sorted swiftly as Muhammad Aiman's wife was handed a party supporter's pass.

8.47am: Muhammad Aiman's entourage is first to arrive at the nomination centre.

8.45am: Barisan candidate Zakaria Hanafi, 58, accompanied by, amongst others, Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, Umno vice president Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz and Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan, Rembau MP and former Umno Youth  chief Khairy Jamaluddin, MIC deputy president Datuk Seri M. Saravanan and PAS secretary-general Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan and a sea of supporters clad in blue marching towards the nomination centre. 

8.45: Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali enters the nomination centre accompanied by Pakatan leadership and other supporters. 

8.40am: PSM supporters get into formation to march to the nomination centre, with chants of "Hidup Rakyat" and "Hidup Sosialisme". Candidate Nik Aziz is at the front of the march with his proposer and seconder.

8.35am: Pakatan supporters recite prayers before marching towards the nomination centre. 

8.35am: An announcer reminds  Barisan supporters to adhere to rules and regulations before marching into the nomination centre. They begin their march with a prayer. 

8.30am: Barisan Nasional supporters gathering at their designated spot outside the nomination centre waiting for doors to open. Among leaders who came down to show their support include Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin, MIC deputy president Datuk Seri M. Saravanan and newly minted Cameron Highlands MP Ramli Mohd Nor. 


8.22am: Muhammad Aiman Zainali, Pakatan's candidate for Semenyih, is a picture of calm as he waits to file his nomination papers. He is dressed in a red baju Melayu, the official colours Pakatan and Bersatu.

8.21am: Election Commission chairman Azhar Azizan Harun is seen at the nomination centre.

8.20am: Parti Sosialis Malaysia supporters gather at the 7-Eleven out let near the nomination centre. With them are party chairman Dr Nasir Hashim, secretary-general Sivarajan Arumugam and central committee member S. Arulchelvan.

8.15am: Pakatan Harapan's leadership are here at the parking lot next to Dewan Seri Cempaka where Pakatan supporters are instructed to gather. Among the leaders present are Bersatu president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu, Bersatu deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, PKR vice-president Tian Chua, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Osman Sapian and Selangor Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari.

8.10am: Inside the nomination centre, EC personnel are making preparations to accept nomination forms from candidates.

8am: Supporters of Pakatan, Barisan and PSM have gathered early in large groups at locations designated by the police. There is large presence of police personnel around Dewan Seri Cempaka, which has been closed off to traffic.


SEMENYIH: The Semenyih by-election gets underway, beginning with the nomination process at Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj)'s Dewan Seri Cempaka on Saturday (Feb 16) morning.

Pakatan Harapan is looking to defend the seat it won in the 14th General Election through 30-year-old Muhammad Aiman Zainali, who is the treasurer of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia's Hulu Langat division.

Barisan Nasional will be fielding 58-year-old Zakaria Hanafi, the permanent chairman of Kampung Sesapan Kelubi Umno branch to challenge Pakatan.

Also in the ring so far are Parti Sosialis Malaysia's 25-year-old Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul and philanthropist Kuan Chee Heng, who will stand as an independent candidate.

Opposition parties PAS and Gerakan have announced they would sit out of this by-election.

The Semenyih by-election was triggered due to the death of its incumbent Bakhtiar Mohd Nor from a heart attack on Jan 11.

In GE14, Bakhtiar won a four-cornered fight against Barisan's Datuk Johan Abd Aziz, PAS' Mad Shahmiour Mat Kosim and PSM's S. Arutchelvan - with a majority of 8,964 votes.

Despite Pakatan's comfortable majority, Barisan is hoping its newfound alliance with former rivals PAS will pull more support towards them as displayed during the Cameron Highlands by-election last Jan 26.

The Semenyih polls is the sixth by-election post-GE14, and the second to be held in 2019 after Cameron Highlands.

It is also the fourth by-election for the Selangor state assembly, following Sungai Kandis (Aug 4), Balakong and Seri Setia (jointly held on Sept 8).

The Election Commission has set Feb 26 for early voting, while polling will be held on March 2.



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