PKR GETS IT DCM
PENANTI, May 31 —Dr. Mansor Othman is the new state representative of Penanti and Deputy Chief Minister (DCM) of Penang after winning today's by-election, a whopping 6,052 out of the total of 7,100 votes.
His closest rival was Nai Khan Ari, an independent who received just 494 votes while Aminah Abdullah took 392 votes.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said that Mansor would be sworn in on Wednesday morning so that he can attend the weekly state executive council meeting.
A lower turnout and missing names from electoral rolls marked the sure PR victory at the close of a by-election campaign called ‘uninspiring’ due to Barisan Nasional’s (BN) absence.
But ultimately PKR and PR were the winners as it has now successfully removed a troublesome politician in Fairus Khairuddin who was forced to quit as assemblyman and deputy chief minister because of graft allegations.
The lower voter turnout today showed however that clearly by-election fatigue had set in.
The final turn out today was 7,100 voters. The reduced interest in voting is likely due to BN supporters not coming out to vote in the by-election as their party is not contesting.
BN leaders have called the by-election frivolous and part of a political game and can now use the low turnout as ammunition to say that it is a sign of protest from the voters.
Fairus won 7,346 votes in his electoral debut in Election 2008, winning by a majority of 2,219 against BN’s Datuk Abdul Jalil Abdul Majid.
The double Masters lawmaker said he resign ed to further his studies, prompting BN to boycott what it called an uncalled-for by-election. MORE