This is written in conjunction with UMNO’s 69th anniversary, which, by the way falls today. Happy birthday, UMNO! May Allah bless you with more to come.
Last week, Malaysia saw two by-elections for the Parliamentary seats of Rompin and Permatang Pauh.
Let’s start with Rompin, shall [NOT will] we? Barisan Nasional defended the seat through ex-Deputy MB of Pahang, Dato Hasan bin Arifin [I am not sure when]. He got 23,796 votes albeit a reduced majority of 8,895. Meanwhile, PAS’ Nazri Ahmad polled in 14,901 votes. In the last general election, Hasan’s predecessor, Allahyarham Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis [JJ as he was fondly known] won 15,114 votes. He died together with 5 others onboard a helicopter on 4th April. If Tan Sri JJ were with us now, he would have turned 64 this 25th May. Al-Fatihah goes out to him as well as PM’s two aides. RiP to both pilots and another as well.
Moving on now to Permatang Pauh. It looked like Barisan Nasional was again booted out for the seventh time as PKR founding president, Datin Seri Wan Azizah binti Wan Ismail returned to her husband’s constituency to avenge his conviction. Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was sentenced to a 5-year imprisonment in Sungai Buloh by the High Court of Malaya [Peninsula of Malaysia] on the 10th of February for sodomy charges. What led to her victory? ‘PKR’ vehicle plate numbers, of course. She dashed her BN rival of opposite gender, Suhaimi Sabudin by 29,454 votes and a majority of 8,841. Suhaimi, meanwhile, managed to get 20,004 votes.The other two were Azman Shah Osman of Parti Rakyat Malaysia [PRM] and independent candidate, Salleh Ishak got 347 and 97 votes, respectively.
Every Pakatan Rakyat constituency has its stronghold. If DAP has Bukit Gelugor, PAS has Marang, PKR now welcomes back Datuk Seri Wan Azizah. But, the question, will she sacrifice her 400km [approximately] from her other constituency, Kajang [N.25(B)] just to look out for the welfare of her constituents?