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BN recaptures Teluk Intan in by-election

Barisan Nasional candidate Mah Siew Keong defeated DAP's Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud by a 238-vote majority in the Teluk Intan parliamentary by-election, announced Returning Officer Ibrahim Ahmad on Saturday night.

TELUK INTAN: Barisan Nasional candidate Mah Siew Keong defeated DAP's Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud by a 238-vote majority in the Teluk Intan parliamentary by-election, announced Returning Officer Ibrahim Ahmad on Saturday night.

Mah, 53, secured 20,157 votes against 19,909 votes for Dyana Sofya, 27.

Mah, the Gerakan president, had served as the MP for Teluk Intan from 1999 to 2008. In 2008, he lost to DAP's M Manogaran and in 2013, to Seah Leong Peng.

The by-election is being held following the death of Seah on May 1.

Meanwhile, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has said Mah would be appointed a minister if he won in the Teluk Intan by-election. 

Najib on Saturday expressed gratitude that Mah won the by-election.

Extending his congratulations to Mah and Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin who led the BN campaign for their hard work, Najib said it was "sweet" news to him on the final night of his official visit to China in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of
Malaysia-China diplomatic ties.

"I am very thankful to Allah...I am very happy to know the BN won although by a
narrow majority. But under the democratic system, even one vote is good enough
for victory," he told Malaysian journalists covering his China visit which ends on Sunday.

The news of the BN victory was received by Najib while he was attending the
Malaysia-China Friendship Dinner.

Najib, who is also BN chairman, also called Mah to congratulate him.

The Teluk Intan by-election recorded the second lowest voter turnout in five by-elections held after the 13th general election (GE13).

Election Commission (EC) chairman Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof was unhappy with the reduction of more than 8,000 voters compared to the voter turnout during GE13.

"We don't know the reason for the low turnout. However, it is a process of democracy and we have opened centres for polling," he told reporters at the vote tally centre at SMK Abdul Rahman Talib.

The Teluk Intan by-election recorded 66.67 per cent voter turnout or 40,236 voters, including ordinary voters, early voters and absentee voters.

During GE13, a total of 80.7 per cent or 48,839 people went to the polls in Teluk Intan.

Prior to this, Bukit Gelugor by-election recorded 56 per cent, Kuala Besut by-election (82 per cent), Sungai Limau by-election (85 per cent), Balingian by-election (72 per cent) and Kajang by-election (72.1 per cent).

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