PETALING JAYA (Sept 8): The low voter turnout for the Seri Setia by-election was due to the long weekend break and bad weather today, said Halimey Abu Bakar, who won the by-election for Pakatan Harapan.
The turnout was just 44.1 per cent. The State seat has 50,692 registered voters.
With the weekend break stretching till Tuesday due to the King’s birthday tomorrow and Awal Muharram, many voters are believed to have taken the opportunity to head to their hometowns or go for a holiday.
The weather was also atrocious today with massive rain and thunderstorms during the polling hours.
Halimey, from PKR, polled 13,725 votes to defeat his opponent Dr Halimah Ali of PAS by a majority of 4,027 votes. Halimah garnered 9,698 votes.
Speaking to reporters after the results were announced at Dewan Sivik here tonight, Halimey said his first task would be to try to help resolve problems faced by residents of Projek Perumahan Rakyat Lembah Subang.
"I will bring the matter up with the State government and Housing and Local Government Ministry,” he said.
He added that he would upgrade the constituency service centre to provide better service to the people.
Efforts by Bernama to get Dr Halimah’s reaction were unsuccessful.