KOTA KINABALU: Barisan Nasional now has the momentum to win its next by-election in Rantau following the victory in Semenyih yesterday, said Sabah Umno Wanita chief Jainab Ahmad Ayid.
Despite Zakaria Hanafi’s victory having no effect in who’s ruling in Selangor, she noted the win nonetheless means the world to BN.
“Zakaria’s win means a lot to BN because the result proves the people are against the Pakatan Harapan government now. That message is clear.
“With this win, the BN machinery, particularly the women’s wing, has the momentum now and will be in high spirits to continue the fight in Rantau,” she said here today.
Together with Sabah Umno chief Bung Moktar Radin and his deputy, Yakub Khan, Jainab helped out the BN machinery during the Semenyih campaigning period.
It was BN’s second victory against the ruling PH coalition since losing power in the 14th general election on May 9 last year.
Zakaria won with a 1,914-vote majority, getting 19,780 votes.
PH’s Muhammad Aiman Zainali got 17,866 votes, while two others, PSM’s Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul and independent candidate Kuan Chee Hong, got 847 votes and 725 votes respectively.
Umno acting president Mohamad Hasan had previously confirmed that he would re-contest the Rantau state seat which he won in the 14th general election last year.
Mohamad lost the Rantau seat after failing to set aside the Election Court’s judgment that his victory was null and void.
He initially won the seat uncontested after his PH opponent Dr S Streram was barred from entering the nomination centre as he did not have a pass issued by the Election Commission (EC).
EC chairman Azhar Harun announced on Feb 26 that the Rantau by-election would be held within the next two months.