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theSun | WEDNESDAY AUGUST 26 2009 7

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Smooth voting and sporting supporters Banned
SEBERANG PERAI: Voting for the other at various points were generally about 8.30am. They were accompanied Permatang Pasir has 20,290 regis-
book: Court
Permatang Pasir state by-election ran
smoothly without any major incidents
sporting and non-confrontational.
The one notable disturbance oc-
by PAS candidate Salleh Man.
Neither Salleh nor his opponent,
tered voters, with the Malays making
up the majority at 72.34%, followed by
‘yes’ to
yesterday as sunny weather throughout
the day allowed people to come out and
curred at about 9.15am near the SM Sri
Penanti polling centre when a shouting
BN’s Rohaizat Othman, were voters in
the constituency.
the Chinese at 25.86%.
The by-election was caused by the
cast their ballots in unexpectedly high
match erupted between supporters of
PAS and Barisan Nasional (BN).
Deputy Prime Minister and Umno
deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin
death of PAS’s Datuk Mohd Hamdan
Abdul Rahman of heart failure on July review
The streets of Permatang Pasir were The incident forced the police to Yassin visited several polling stations, 31. KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court
clogged with traffic around the eight deploy its Light Strike Force to disperse accompanied by Gerakan president Hamdan had won the seat for the (Appellate and Special Powers
polling stations, as supporters of the the crowd, who dispersed when or- Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, Umno Youth third consecutive time during the gen- Division) here yesterday allowed
two candidates came out in full force. dered to leave. chief Khairy Jamaluddin, and other BN eral election of March 8, 2008, by 5,433 an application by Sisters in Islam
The restriction against the setting up Similar incidents, which were kept leaders. votes, garnering 11,004 votes against (SIS) for a judicial review of an
of “pondok panas” or electoral booths under control, were reported near the The voter turnout was encouraging the 5,571 received by BN’s Ahmad order to ban a book.
by political parties appeared to bring SK Permatang Pasir and SKJ(C) Lay – at 73.1% – significantly higher than Sahar Shuib. Judicial Commissioner
about a fanfare of sloganeering and Keow polling stations a few kilometres that recorded in the July by-election Yesterday’s by-election will also Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof made
political carnival far less intense than away. in neighbouring Penanti state con- be remembered for the controversy the order after listening to argu-
that seen in previous by-elections this PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibra- stituency, where only 46% of the voters over the disbarment of Rohaizat by ments by senior federal counsel
year in Bukit Gantang, Bukit Selambau him and his wife, PKR president Datuk showed up (the BN did not contest and the Malaysian Bar Council last year in Noor Hishamuddin Ismail, who
and Manek Urai. Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, arrived PKR won against three independent connection with the handling of client’s was representing then home
The supporters who faced each at SM Sri Penanti to cast their votes at candidates). money by his law firm. minister Tan Sri Syed Hamid
Albar, and counsel K. Shanmuga,
representing SIS.

PAS wins with reduced majority
He fixed Oct 28 for the hear-
ing of the application.
SIS Forum (Malaysia) had on
Dec 15 last year applied for a
judicial review of an order by the
home minister banning a book
titled “Muslim Women and the
RELIGIOUS TEACHER HELPS PARTY Challenge of Islamic Extremism”,

published in 2005.
TO RETAIN SOLE SEAT IN PENANG SIS, which wanted the ban
lifted, named Syed Hamid as the
by Himanshu Bhatt and (I) Mansor Othman, and PKR’s Pen- respondent.
anti assemblyman Mansor Othman. The book, a collection of
Bernard Cheah The annoucement was made by essays by activists and interna-
the Election Commission’s returning tional intellectuals, was edited by
SEBERANG PERAI: PAS won the officer, Roslan Yahaya, at 7.30pm, sociologist Prof Norani Othman,
Permatang Pasir state by-election just in time for the breaking of fast. of the Malaysian and Interna-
yesterday by a reduced majority of The event was marked by Health tional Studies Institute, Universiti
4,551 votes to wrest back the sole seat Department officials walking around, Kebangsaan Malaysia.
occupied by the party in Penang. requiring everyone who entered SIS claimed the ban on Nov 5
Penang PAS commissioner Salleh the hall to wear face masks, which last year was outside the ambit of
Man received 9,618 votes against were distributed free, in view of the the Printing Presses and Publica-
5,067 collected by Barisan Nasional’s A(H1N1) outbreak. tions Act 1984 and contravened
(BN) Rohaizat Othman, thereby The voter turnout was 73.1%. Article 8(2), 10(1)(a) and 11(4) of
maintaining the Pakatan Rakyat’s The by-election was caused by the the Federal Constitution.
(PR) 29-seat dominant grip in the death of PAS’s Datuk Mohd Hamdan Noor Hishamuddin had op-
state assembly. Abdul Rahman of heart failure on posed the application saying
In the March 8, 2008 general July 31. Hamdan had won the seat it was late since the ban was
election, PAS had won the seat by a for the third consecutive time during gazetted in July last year.
majority of 5,433 votes. last year’s general election. He polled However, Shanmuga argued
It was a case of seventh time lucky 11,004 votes against 5,571 obtained that the application was made
for Salleh, a 55-year old religious by BN’s Ahmad Sahar Shuib. within the stipulated period.
Salleh acknowledges the – Bernama
teacher, who had lost in six previous Salleh is now expected to be ap- cheers after he was declared
election attempts before this. pointed the Penang Islamic Affairs the winner of the Permatang
He walked triumphantly into the Council president at the end of the Pasir by-election last night.
counting centre at the National Youth year, when the term of the current
Skills Institute hall in Bukit Mertajam president, Shahbudin Yahaya, of Three Malaysians die
at about 7.10pm, even before the re- Umno, expires. election last month. who arrived later, lauded the victory in Kashmir crash
sult was announced, waving to press Mahfuz said the result showed “This victory is also a testament as evidence that the new PR “people- NEW DELHI: Three Malaysian
photogaphers who were already call- that the trend of voters wanting po- to the close cooperation of (Pakatan centric” state government was being tourists died in Ladakh, Kashmir,
ing him “YB” (Yang Berhormat). litical change had not abated. Rakyat members) PAS, PKR and DAP, accepted by the people. when the vehicle they were
Salleh was accompanied by PAS He said the victory was a boost who had campaigned hard,” he said. Salleh thanked his voters, and travelling in skidded and plunged
information chief Datuk Mahfuz for PAS after it won by only 65 votes Penang Chief Minister and DAP party volunteers who had come from into the Indus River yesterday.
Omar, Penang Deputy Chief Minister against BN in the Manek Urai by- secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, the other states to lend their support. The Press Trust of India (PTI)
reported that Angee Lee, 52, Lee
Ah Yem, 59, and Tang Guat Gnoh,
BN will study causes of 54, died on the spot.
Another passenger, Lin Bee
defeat, says Najib Wong, 47, was injured and ad-
mitted to a nearby hospital.
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister He said the BN respected Police were searching for
Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said the decision of the people, and another Malaysian, Cheon Swee
Barisan Nasional (BN) will study the extended his congratulations to Chuan, 42, who is missing.
causes of its defeat in the Perma- the PAS candidate, Mohd Salleh The local driver of the vehicle
tang Pasir state by-election. Man. was injured. – Bernama
He said the BN lost despite Muhyiddin cited several factors
having tried its best because of for the BN’s defeat, including the Ex-Tabung Haji GMs
certain factors. character assassination of Rohaizat
Najib, who is the Umno presi- by the Opposition. start jail terms
dent, said he knew what the factors He also said Permatang Pasir KUALA LUMPUR: Former
were but declined to elaborate. was located within the parliamen- Tabung Haji general manag-
He said the BN would take tary constituency of Permatang ers Datuk Mohd Amin Sidek
stock of the situation and ensure Pauh, which was a stronghold of and Datuk Mohammad Shafie
Voters line up to cast their that the party would do better the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser have been ordered to start
ballots at a polling centre in next time around. Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. their 10-year jail sentence
Permatang Pasir yesterday. “We should look into the fac- He said there was a slight starting yesterday.
tors which we can improve on,” reduction in the support for the Judicial Commissioner
he said Pakatan Rakyat coalition, and Zainal Azman Ab Aziz made
Enforce ‘no campaigning’ rule: Muhyiddin
h iddi Najib also took note of the fact
that the BN managed to reduce
added that the BN would analyse
the reasons for its defeat in terms
the order after rejecting
arguments and reasons for a
BUKIT MERTAJAM: Deputy Prime Minister porters of the contesting parties. PAS’s majority. of the support from the Malay, Chi- stay of execution by defence
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is satisfied with the “The EC should consider enforcing this rule In Bukit Mertajam, Deputy nese and Indian voters to improve counsel Mohd Firuz Jaffril and
enforcement of the Election Commission’s in other elections or by-elections to create Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin its performance in the next general V. Rajadevan.
(EC) rule prohibiting campaigning on polling a more orderly atmosphere at the polling Yassin said he was disappointed election. Mohd Amin and Moham-
day in the Permatang Pasir state by-election. centres,” he said after visiting several polling the constituents of Permatang Muhyiddin expressed confi- mad Shafie were sentenced
He also called on the EC to enforce the centres. Pasir did not vote for change. dence that the BN would regain to 10 years jail each for
regulation in future elections to prevent unto- He said he found the atmosphere in yester- Muhyiddin, who is the Umno the support of the people gradu- committing criminal breach
ward incidents on polling day. day’s by-election more orderly compared to deputy president, said they could ally under the leadership of Prime of trust (CBT) and cheating
Muhyiddin said the enforcement of the rule the situation in the Manek Urai state by-elec- have become too comfortable so Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul involving RM200 million eight
was effective in easing tension among the sup- tion in Kelantan last month. – Bernama as not to want development. Razak. – Bernama years ago. – Bernama