PONTIAN: Barisan Nasional has reclaimed the Tanjung Piai parliamentary seat from Pakatan Harapan with a thumping majority. Barisan’s Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng won with a 15,086-vote majority.
Jeck Seng obtained 25,466 votes while Pakatan Harapan’s Karmaine Sardini came out in second place with 10,380 votes.
Meanwhile, Gerakan’s Wendy Subramaniam got 1,707 votes and Berjasa’s Datuk Dr Badhrulhisham Abdul Aziz got 850.
Independents Dr Ang Chuan Lock and Faridah Aryani Abdul Ghaffar got 380 and 32 votes respectively.
There were 595 spoilt votes. The voter turnout was good at 74.43%.
Jeck Seng expressed his heartfelt thanks to the people in Tanjung Piai for their overwhelming support.
“I am truly thankful.
“Although as an Opposition now, I will deliver my promises and continue serving the people here.
“I see their problems as my own. Together with the party, we will come out with new formulas to help solve problems faced by the people here, ” he said.
MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong also thanked voters for their support and said the significant majority was the result of growing unhappiness among the people towards the Pakatan government.
“This is a new game changer for MCA.
“We won in all Chinese-majority district polling centres this time around, compared to GE14 when we lost in all eight.
“People of all races came together and sent out a strong message to the government that they are sick with its frequent U-turns, flip-flops and bad performance.
“This is a clear message to the government to keep their promises, ” he said.
The by-election was held after the previous Pakatan MP Datuk Dr Md Farid Md Rafik died on Sept 21.
Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the landslide victory indicated that Chinese support had returned to Barisan.
“The people are back with us and the increase (in support) definitely came from the Chinese, ” he said.
Johor Barisan chief Datuk Hasni Mohamad said the huge victory was a confidence booster for them to face the next general election.
The victory, he said, also meant a fresh start for Johor Barisan.
“I hope the Pakatan government will look at the by-election results and listen to the people, ” he said.