Friday, July 31, 2009

PAS state rep for Permatang Pasir Mohd Hamdan dies

Another by-election battle between UMNO and PAS looms in Penang.

The eighth by-election since March 2008 general election would have to be called in to fill the Permatang Pasir state seat vacancy in Penang.

Mohd Hamdan

PAS state assemblyman for Permatang Pasir Datuk Mohd Hamdan Abdul Rahman died of heart ailment at the National Heart Institute (IJN) in Kuala Lumpur.

The question arises : Will UMNO face another tough political battle?

The Permatang Pasir state seat is in the Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency which is held by Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The sole PAS assemblyman in the Penang state, Mohd Hamdan, 63, the was the former state PAS commissioner for 14 years was the Permatang Pasir assemblyman for three terms from 1999.

Mohd Hamdan, a Kedahan retained the Permatang Pasir seat in the 2008 general election by garnering 11,004 votes to defeat the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate, Ahmad Sahar Shuib, who only garnered 5,571 votes.

The margin of victory was 5,433 votes.

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