KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Harapan's Halimey Abu Bakar has vowed to do his best to serve the Seri Setia constituents after winning the by-election over Pas' Dr Halimah Ali today.
Halimey polled 13,725 votes against Halimah's 9,698 votes to secure a much anticipated win.
“I estimated a 60 per cent (turnout) but only 44 per cent turned up to vote today.
“The four-day break was really daunting. And there was also the weather to take into account.
“It’s not about being boycotted or our 100-day performance. But I’ll do my best,” he said after winning in his home turf of Kampung Lindungan, the neighborhood where he was born and raised in.
Only 23,423 votes were cast despite the constituency having 50,692 registered voters. The low turnout for the twin Seri Setia and Balakong by elections was also said to be one of the lowest in Malaysia's history.
The state seat fell vacant after assemblyman and Selangor executive councillor Prof Dr Shaharuddin Badaruddin passed away on Aug 2 after a battle with cancer.
Shaharuddin won the seat with a majority of 19,372 ballots.
He defeated BN candidate, Yusoff M Haniff, Pas’ Mohd Ghazali Daud and S. Vigneswaran who contested on an independent ticket.
Meanwhile, Halimey said the first order of business would be to upgrade the Seri Setia service centre.
He said he was also planning to speak with the relevant authorities to find a solution to the PPR issue in the area.
He thanked PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his wife Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail for their support, leadership and guidance.
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