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Pakatan Harapan wins both seats
Published on: Sunday, September 09, 2018

Selangor: Pakatan Harapan (PH) retained two state seats in Selangor.

In Balakong, DAP's Wong Siew Ki got 22,508 votes, defeating her opponent from MCA, Tan Chee Teong who got 3,975 votes. It was also the first time MCA, one of the three remaining parties that make up the Barisan Nasional, contested an election using its own symbol instead of BN's.

PH's win in Seri Setia, however, was not as comfortable. PKR's Halimey Abu Bakar, got 13,725 votes, defeating PAS' Dr Halimah Ali who got 9,698, a majority of 4,027 votes.

The Seri Setia by-election is the first time the Islamist party and Umno officially declared their alliance in an election.

The opposition's performance this time is also better than in Sungai Kandis last month, when PKR got 15,427 votes, defeating BN's Lokman Noor Adam by more than 5,800 votes.

Halimey dismissed a suggestion that the low turnout could be due to a boycott by PH supporters. Instead, he blamed it on the rainy weather as well as long weekend due to public holidays for the Agong's Birthday and Awal Muharram.

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