SEREMBAN: Rantau by-election independent candidate Mohd Nor Yassin may have only polled 79 votes, but it did not seem to get him down.
The 67-year-old former lecturer was full of positive messages for his rivals in the by-election following news that Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan had clinched the seat.
"I'm grateful because I had the opportunity to be involved in this by-election.
"To Tok Mat (Mohamad's moniker), congratulations for winning the seat. Continue the struggle. Congratulations to Pakatan Harapan candidate Dr S. Streram too. Winning and losing is part of a competition," he told reporters after polling results were announced on Saturday (April 13).
He also advised fellow independent candidate R. Malarvizhi to not give up in the future.
"You are still young. You have a lot of time and space to try again in the future," he said.
Mohd Nor also thanked members of the media and the Election Commission (EC) for facilitating the by-election.
The Rantau state seat was won for the fourth time by Mohamad, who polled 10,397 votes and a comfortable majority of 4,510 over Dr Streram's 5,887 votes, while Malarvizhi settled for 83 votes.