Official: BN retains Cameron Highlands with bigger majority

BN’s Ramli Mohd Nor in jubilant mood after the Cameron Highlands election results were announced.

CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Barisan Nasional (BN) today scored its first by-election victory since its historic loss last year, sending the first Orang Asli MP to Parliament.

The Election Commission announced that Ramli Mohd Nor won by a majority of 3,238 votes.

Ramli got 12,038 votes, beating Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) M Manogaran who got 8,800 votes.

Two independent candidates, Sallehudin Ab Talib and Wong Seng Yee, obtained 314 and 276 votes respectively.

BN’s victory today is its best since 2008, when it won by a 3,117-vote majority. In 2013, its majority was 462.

In May 2018, MIC’s C Sivarraajh who represented BN won by a 597-vote majority.

The voter turnout today was 68.79%, close to EC’s 70% target, although lower than the 79% turnout recorded last year.

This is Manogaran’s third defeat to BN in Cameron Highlands.

The former Teluk Intan MP contested in Cameron Highlands in 2013 but lost to MIC president G. Palanivel.

Last year, he lost to Sivarraajh, the then MIC Youth chief.

The seat, with a huge Orang Asli population, fell vacant after the Election Court allowed Manogaran’s petition and nullified Sivarraajh’s victory, saying there was evidence of vote-buying by BN during the May general election campaign.