SEREMBAN: She may have garnered only 83 votes in the Rantau by-election yesterday, but independent candidate Malar Rajaram is unfazed by her loss, saying she will still serve her fellow constituents in whatever way she can.
“I’m very happy,” Malar told FMT this morning when asked about how she felt about the results.
“I joined the race not to split the votes, but to win.
“And I think I put up a good fight as an independent. I did my best.”
The housewife and former radio broadcaster thanked the 83 who voted for her.
“I hope I can help them in any way I can from now on, even if it’s just taking them around town and helping them fill out forms.
“I’m truly thankful they supported and believed in me. I’ll always be there for them,” she said.
Barisan Nasional’s Mohamad Hasan retained the seat with 10,397 votes, beating Pakatan Harapan’s Dr Streram Sinnasamy, who received 5,887 votes.
Malar and another independent candidate, Mohd Nor Yassin, who obtained 79 votes, lost their RM5,000 deposits with the Election Commission.
Expressing relief that the by-election has ended, Malar said: “I’m glad it’s all over.
“I told my constituents when I went door-to-door to meet with them I want to take care of Rantau. I still do.
“But the people have spoken and they clearly want Tok Mat (Mohamad). So, I wish him the best and I hope he gives his attention to their plight.”
Asked what she plans to do next, Malar, who was born in Port Dickson but spent several years in Canada before returning, said she will carry on with her life at home, with her household chores, gardening and taking care of her husband and their six dogs.
“Rantau is and will always be my home,” she said.
She also wished everyone a Happy Tamil New Year today.
Nor Yassin, a former lecturer and PAS and Amanah member, said he was grateful he had a chance to take part in the by-election and congratulated Mohamad on his victory.
He said Streram had also done well and reminded him that winning and losing was all part of the experience.
Nor Yassin also said that Malar was still young and would have lots of opportunities in the years to come if she wanted to continue taking part in politics.
Streram, who took a month’s leave from his work as an anaesthetist, told reporters last night he did not expect to lose by such a big margin but congratulated Mohamad on his victory.