N24 Semenyih seat in the Selangor State Legislative Assembly
Semenyih state constituency border and the districts included within the constituency.
A by-election will be held on 2 March 2019 for the Selangor State Legislative Assembly seat of Semenyih. 26 February for early voting. The seat became vacant after the death of the incumbent assemblyman, Bakhtiar Mohd Nor, 57, on 11 January 2019 from heart attack. Bakhtiar was a member of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party or Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), a component of Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition.
The nomination day will be on 16 February 2019, with a 2-week campaigning period until election day. The by-election will use the third-quarter 2018 electoral roll, which has 54,503 voters in the constituency. Demographics of the Semenyih constituency back in 2018 general election was:- Malay 67.71%; Chinese 16.69%; Indian 13.73%; B/P Sabah 0.32%; B/P Sarawak 0.23%; Orang Asli (Pen. Msia) 0.54%; Others 0.77%.
Zakaria Hanafi from Barisan Nasional won the by-election. This was the first time a seat switched to another party after the 14th General Elections.
PH had announced on 14 February that Hulu Langat BERSATU Treasurer, Muhammad Aiman Zainali who is also the son-in-law of previous Semenyih assemblyman Bakhtiar Mohd Nor who had died and sparked the by-election as their candidate for the by-election.
The previous BN election candidate Datuk Johan Abd Aziz of United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) who was also the former Semenyih assemblyman for two terms earlier before losing in 2018 general election to PPBM, said on 22 January 2019 that he will not be contesting in the by-election.
BN on 14 February announced that former UKM administration officer, Zakaria Hanafi as their candidate for the by-election.
Malaysian People's Movement Party (Gerakan) initially had announced it is highly likely to contest in the by-election to serve as an indicator of the party performance after leaving BN coalition in 2018. On 14 February, somehow Gerakan decided to not contest in the by-election.
Social activist Kuan Chee Heng also known as "Uncle Kentang" or even "10-sen man" announced in his Facebook page that he will contest as an independent candidate. He is the Malaysian Society of Community Policing (CP) president and also a former policeman before leaving to become a florist.
On Nomination Day, candidates from PH, BN and PSM alongside with independent candidate Kuan Chee Heng (with telephone symbol) submitted their nomination papers. The by-election will be a four-cornered fight.
Controversies and issues
A registered voter Puan Sri Sabariah Mohd Shariff, 58, has filed on 11 February 2019 for an injunction to stop the Semenyih by-election, challenging the validity of the Election Commission (EC) as before this it was currently run by only the chairman Azhar Azizan Harun, popularly known as Art Harun. On 25 February, the High Court rejected the petition filed and dismissed the bid to stop the Semenyih by-election; allowing it to continue as planned.
Former EC deputy chairman Datuk Wan Ahmad Wan Omar suggested on 11 February 2019 the Semenyih by-election be postponed pending a court hearing on the legitimacy of the EC currently run by only one person, the chairman and the case warranted urgent attention, as six other posts were vacant when the decision on nomination and polling dates were made but Article 114 (1) of the Federal Constitution clearly stated that the EC shall be appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong after consultation with the Conference of Rulers, and shall consist of a chairman, a deputy chairman, and five other members. He hope the legitimacy of the EC must be verified, or else it would set a bad precedence.
EC chairman Azhar has welcomed lawsuit, calls it a 'good thing' and crucial for the development of a more transparent process.
In a statement on 14 February 2019, Chief Secretary to the Government Datuk Seri Dr Ismail Bakar said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, had on 14 February approved University of Malaya Law Faculty lecturer Dr Azmi Sharom's appointment as Election Commission (EC) deputy chairman and also approved the appointment of four EC members; Datuk Seri Ramlan Ibrahim, Datuk Chin Phaik Yoong, Dr Faisal S. Hazis and Zoe Randhawa. The appointments will be effective from the date the appointees report themselves as EC members, until they reach 66 years old.
On Nomination Day, BN supporters had chased after Youth and Sports Minister, Syed Saddiq and made offensive remarks against him. He alleged that UMNO Youth exco member and controversial blogger Wan Muhammad Azri Wan Deris, better known as Papagomo, had cornered him from a different route and put him in a headlock. While Papagomo claimed it was just a hug. Syed Saddiq later lodged a police report at Sungai Way police station and also go for a medical check-up. Papagomo was arrested over the alleged attempted assault on Syed Saddiq on 17 February and he was remanded for three days for investigation. Papagomo was charged on 28 February 2019 with two counts of intending to insult the modesty of the minister by saying to him “ko bodoh" (you are stupid) and with voluntarily causing hurt on Syed Saddiq.
BN supporters were also reported to have heckled PSM members and supporters as well.
A BN supporter Mamat Awang, 59, from Kuala Terengganu, collapsed and died outside of the Nomination centre on Nomination Day.
The car used to ferry BN Candidate, Zakaria Hanafi was splashed with paint. His aide, Rahmad Musa found out about the issue.
During the campaigning period, independent candidate, Kuan Chee Heng has his campaign banner taken down. Furthermore, banners criticising BN and Rosmah Mansor, the wife of former Prime Minister Najib Razak were hung.
On Polling Day, BN complained about two cars carrying the PH symbols drove through restricted areas.
|PH||Muhammad Aiman Zainali||17,866||45.56||5.20|
|PSM||Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul||847||2.16||0.64|
|Independent||Kuan Chee Heng||725||1.84||N/A|
|Total valid votes||38,518||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||650|
|BN gain from PH||Swing||.|
|PH||Bakhtiar Mohd Nor||23,428||50.76||+ 14.84|
|BN||Johan Abd Aziz||14,464||31.34||- 17.55|
|PAS||Mad Shahmiour Mat Kosim||6,966||15.09||+ 15.09|
|PSM||Arutchelvan Subramaniams||1,293||2.80||- 12.39|
|Total valid votes||46,151||100.00|
|Total rejected ballots||366|
|PH gain from BN||Swing||.|
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