Malaysia's ruling coalition wins first by-election since coming to power

Source: Xinhua| 2020-07-04 22:36:17|Editor: huaxia

KUALA LUMPUR, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Malaysia's ruling Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition won its first by-election by a landslide on Saturday since coming to power in March.

The candidate from United Malay National Organization (UMNO) that representing PN defended its Chini state-assembly seat in Pahang state, drawing 13,872 votes while two competing independent candidates obtained 1,222 and 137 votes respectively, the Election Commission said.

The by-election was held following the death of UMNO assemblyman Abu Bakar Harun from a heart attack in May.

The opposition Pakatan Harapan (PH) fielded no candidate but former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad endorsed one of the independent candidates.

PN is led by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who was sworn in in March following the resignation of Mahathir. Enditem