Final by-election before 12th General Elections March 16, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Malaysia, Politics.
Poh Ah Tiam, 56, the state assemblyman for Machap in the Parliamentary constituency of Selandar, Malacca, passed away this evening from lymph cancer.
He had been admitted into the Malacca’s Pantai Hospital ICU since February.
Poh headed the Malacca Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA). He won Machap seat in the 2004 General Elections.
He beat DAP’s Liou Chen Kuang by a majority of 4,562 votes.
The Elections Commission is expected to announce the date of the by-election within the next two months. Vacancies that fall after 21 March 2007 will not be filled.
This makes Machap the final by-election before the 12th General Elections, and one that may possibly gauge the mood of voters before the ‘Big One’.
However, by-elections are much harder to win for opposition parties, considering the full might of BN, the Federal and State(s) governments led by the media, money and machinery concentrated in a small area, easily dwarfing the resource-constrained opposition.
Neither KeADILan nor DAP has put forward any names thus far.
(This post has been updated on 21 March 2007)