By-elections: Pakatan retains both Pulai and Simpang Jeram


Pakatan's Suhaizan Kayat (left) won the Pulai parliamentary by-election with a majority of 18,641 votes, whereas Nazri Abdul Rahman won the Simpang Jeram state seat with a majority of 13,484.

JOHOR BARU: Pakatan Harapan has won both the Pulai parliamentary seat and Simpang Jeram state seat in Johor, says the Election Commission.

Former Johor state speaker Suhaizan Kayat won the Pulai parliamentary by-election with a majority of 18,641 votes.

The Pakatan Harapan candidate obtained 48,283 votes while his opponents; Perikatan Nasional’s Zulkifli Jaafar, had 29,642 votes; and independent Samsudin Mohamad Fauzi received 528 votes.

Pulai parliamentary returning officer Miswan Yunus declared Suhaizan as the winner in the by-election at around 10.10pm at Dewan Jubli Intan Sultan Ibrahim.

This is the first time Suhaizan has won an election in his seventh attempt. Previously, he contested in two parliamentary seats of Simpang Renggam (2013), Parit Sulong (2004), state seats of Kempas (2008, 2013), Kukup (2018), and Pulai Sebatang (2002).

Earlier this evening, Pakatan Harapan’s Nazri Abdul Rahman won the Simpang Jeram state seat in Johor.

He won with a 3,514 vote-majority, securing 13,484 votes.

Perikatan Nasional’s Dr Mohd Mazri Yahya scored 10,330 votes while independent S. Jeganathan won 311.

A total of 60.2% of Simpang Jeram’s voters had cast their ballot on Saturday (Sept 9).

The seat saw an increased majority for Pakatan Harapan.

In the state election last year, the late Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub won with a 2,399 majority-vote.

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