It was a double victory for BN as it retained both Kerdau [N.28(C)] and Merlimau [N.27(M)] state legislative assembly seats. Let’s start with Kerdau, shall we? BN surpassed the 2.7k vote majority target through newly-elected assemblyman, Syed Ibrahim Syed Ahmad, a religious advisor to the Menteri Besar of Pahang. He gained 5,060 votes, while his PAS opponent, Hasanuddin Salim got 2,319 votes. How and what factors led to its seat retention? As the constituency was surrounded by palm oil plantations, which is owned by none other than FELDA, the voters put [ALSO a form of past tense] in BN. Yes, just like the Tenang state legislative by-election [N.5(J)] 1 1/2 months ago.
Moving on to Merlimau. Roslan Ahmad from BN garnered 5,962 votes with a majority of 3,643 votes. PAS’ Yuhaizad Abdullah got 2,319 votes.
So, shall [NOT will] we be seeing the much-anticipated 13th general election in June or July? According to the Malaysian Election Commission, the cut-off dates for all state legislative assembly [DUN] by-elections [except Sarawak] are in April and May. PM, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak will likely dissolve the Parliament end May. A clean sweep likely as BN is set to recapture Selangor, Penang, Kedah, and long-time Kelantan. Will BN stick to its promises this time? Find out!