Tuesday, April 7, 2009

BN takes Batang Ai

Barisan Nasional retained the remote Batang Ai state constituency in southern Sarawak by an increased majority of 1,854 votes.

Its candidate, newcomer Malcolm Mussen Lamoh, 49, a former engineer with the Sarawak Agriculture Department from Parti Rakyat Sarawak, defeated Parti Keadilan Rakyat’s Jawah Gerang, 55.

He garnered 3,907 votes to defeat veteran politician Jawah Gerang, the former five-term Lubok Antu Member of Parliament, who obtained 2,053 votes, in a straight fight.

In the 2006 state elections, Barisan’s Datuk Dublin Unting won against opposition Sarawak National Party (SNAP) Nicholas Bawin by 806 votes.
Unting died on Feb 24 from a stroke.

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