‘That is West Malaysian politics. Nothing to do with us’

Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg

By Lian Cheng

KUCHING, March 3: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg has declined to comment on Barisan Nasional (BN)’s victory in the Semenyih by-election.

He labelled the by-election as “West Malaysian politics”.


“That is West Malaysian politics. Nothing to do with us,” said Abang Johari after opening the new Datuk Amar Juma’ani Tun Tuanku Bujang Welfare Centre at Jalan Kulas here this morning.

He was asked to comment on BN winning the Semenyih by-election yesterday.

BN candidate Zakaria Hanafi won with a majority of 1,914 by garnering 19,780 votes in a four-cornered fight against PH candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali, who managed to poll 17,866 votes, Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) candidate Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul (847 votes) and independent candidate Kuan Chee Hong (725 votes).

The by-election was called following the passing of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) assemblyman Bakthiar Mood Nor on Jan 11.

This is the sixth by-election since PH took over the government on May 9, 2018. PH won in the first four by-elections and lost the last two, namely Cameron Highlands by-election and Semenyih by-election. — DayakDaily