Monday, May 6, 2013

GE13: Surprises and shocks

The 13th general election saw some big names fall and some "underdogs" taking the home run. Some managed to overcome closely-fought battles to retain their seats.
Among the losers were Lembah Pantai Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Abdul Ghani Othman, Malacca Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, PAS' Datuk Husam Musa, Mohamad Sabu and Salahuddin Ayub, PKR's Datuk Saifuddin Nasution, MCA's Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha and Datuk Donald Lim as well as Umno's Dr Puad Zarkashi.
The two Perkasa candidates - Datuk Ibrahim Ali and Datuk Zulkifli Nordin - also failed in their attempt to return to Parliament after becoming independents following the 2008 elections.
PKR's Nurul Izzah Anwar defeated Nong Chik with a 1,847-vote majority for the Lembah Pantai seat, while Ghani lost his bid for the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat to DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang with a 14,762-vote majority.
Lim, the former Ipoh Timur MP, contested in Johor for the first time as part of Pakatan's bid to wrest Johor from Barisan.
Mohd Ali, who was contesting in the Bukit Katil parliamentary seat in Malacca, lost by 5,447 votes to PKR's Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin.
Barisan secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor beat Husam to retain the Putrajaya parliamentary seat with a 5,541-vote majority.
Barisan's Datuk Othman Abdul defeated PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu in Pendang with a 2,638-vote majority. Pulai incumbent Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed from Barisan beat PAS' Salahuddin by 3,226 votes.
Barisan's Abdul Aziz Sheikh Fadzir beat Saifuddin with a 1,871 majority to clinch the Kulim-Bandar Baharu seat.
Kong, the MCA secretary-general and incumbent in the Lumut parliamentary seat, conceded defeat Sunday night to PKR's First Admiral (R) Mohd Imran Abdul Hamid, who won by a 8,168-vote majority, while Puad lost his traditional Batu Pahat seat to PKR's Mohd Idris Jusi by 1,732 votes.
Lim, who was contesting in Selayang for the first time, lost by 17,846 votes to PKR's incumbent William Leong.
Ibrahim, who is Perkasa president and Pasir Mas incumbent, lost to PAS' Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz, the son of PAS spiritual leader and caretaker Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat, with a majority of 8,047 votes.
His vice-president Zulkifli who contested as a Barisan-friendly candidate in Shah Alam, was defeated by PAS' incumbent Khalid Samad by 10,939 votes.
MIC's Datuk S.K. Devamany, who contested in the Sungai Siput for the first time, failed to topple its incumbent Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj, who won by a majority of 2,793 votes. Devamany was the incumbent for Cameron Highlands.
Several parliamentary candidates romped home with big wins, including DAP's Teresa Kok, who retained her Seputeh seat with a whopping 51,552-vote majority.

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