Machap by-election dates and details March 21, 2007Posted by elizabethwong in Democracy, Malaysia.
(Updated: 1513 H)
Nomination day: 3 April 2007
Polling day: 12 April 2007
The constituency of Machap was formerly known as Bukit Sedanan. Both KeADILan and DAP have contested there in the past.
In 1999, KeADILan’s Zamani Abdul Wahid received 2,340 votes against the late Poh’s 4,966
In 2004, DAP’s Liou Chen Kuang’s 1,285 votes lost to the late Poh Ah Tiam’s 5,847.
Late this morning, Lim Guan Eng, secretary-general of DAP announced to the media in Parliament that DAP is interested to contest there.
KeADIlan, while saying they are keen and ready too, in the spirit of unity and consultation, they will first discuss it in tonight’s Political Bureau meeting and talk further with other partners in the Opposition to ensure the best candidate is put forward to ensure an Opposition victory.
(KeADILan President Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s statement available here)
Malaysiakini and a few Chinese media have reported on the names of possible candidates. According to them, they are:-
MCA front-runner is Lai Meng Chong, Human Resources Minister Dr Fong Chan Onn’s political aide
Two names from KeADIlan have been reported by the media; they are Malaccan locals – Tian Chua and Ginie Lim, who is the party’s Media Coordinator.
DAP has yet to offer any names to date. DAP Sec-Gen said, a three-member committee, including himself, will decide on this.
However, it won’t be Guan Eng, “I won’t be contesting, I’ve made that clear. That is without a doubt. Everybody knows that,” as quoted by Malaysiakini.
Below are more details and records of voting:-
Pilihanraya Dun Machap/Bukit Sedanan
Malay : 38.3%
Chinese : 45.6%
Indian : 15.3%
1999 – N 07 Bukit Sedanan
Jumlah Pengundi : 10,189
Poh Ah Tiam (MCA) : 4,966
Zamani B. Abbul Wahid (PKR) : 2,340
Majoriti : 2,626
Peratus Mengundi : 73.84%
Undi Rosak : 218
2004 – N 08 Machap
Jumlah Pengundi : 9,887
Poh Ah Tiam (MCA) : 5,847
Liou Chen Kuang (DAP) : 1,285
Majoriti : 4,562
Peratus Mengundi : 74.2%
Undi Rosak : 202