Straight fights in Balakong, Seri Setia by-elections

Seri Setia candidates Halimey Abu Bakar (PKR) and Dr Halimah Ali (PAS).

PETALING JAYA: The Seri Setia and Balakong by-elections on Sept 8 will see straight fights between the candidates after their nomination papers were accepted today.

In Seri Setia, PKR’s Halimey Abu Bakar will face off with PAS candidate Dr Halimah Ali, while MCA’s Tan Chee Teong will challenge DAP’s Wong Siew Ki in Balakong.

This was announced by returning officers Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain and Rosli Othman.

The Seri Setia by-election was brought about by the death of PKR assemblyman Shaharuddin Badaruddin from colon cancer on Aug 2.

The Balakong seat meanwhile fell vacant after its assemblyman Eddie Ng of DAP died in a car crash last month.

Both by-elections will be held on Sept 8 with early voting on Sept 4. Campaign period for the by-elections will stretch for 21 days until 11.59pm on Sept 7.

MCA’s Tan Chee Teong and DAP’s Wong Siew Ki will go head to head in Balakong.

Shaharuddin won the Seri Setia seat with a majority of 19,372 votes in a four-cornered fight with Umno’s Yusoff M Haniff, PAS’ Mohd Ghazali Daud and independent candidate Vigneswaran T Subramaniam.

The Balakong seat was won by Ng with 41,768 votes, against MCA’s Lim Chee Wah (5,874 votes) and PAS’ Mohamad Ibrahim Ghazali (6,230 votes).

PH will be using its own logo for the first time in both by-elections.

In Balakong, however, Tan will be contesting under the MCA logo instead of the Barisan Nasional symbol.