Apr 12, 2007

Barisan Nasional Retains Machap Seat

After nine days of intensive campaigning, the Barisan Nasional today retained its stronghold state seat in Machap with a comfortable victory despite a slightly reduced majority.

BN candidate Lai Meng Chong, 56, defeated 33-year-old DAP candidate Liou Chen Kuang by a 4,081-vote majority.

This is 481 votes less than the majority achieved three years ago - the 2004 general election.

ALOR GAJAH, April 12 (Bernama) -- The Barisan Nasional (BN) retained the Machap seat by a 4,081-vote majority in today's state by-election which saw a straight fight between BN's Lai Meng Chong and DAP's Liou Chen Kuang.

Lai, 56, polled 5,533 votes while Liou, 33, contesting in the seat for the second time, received 1,452 votes.

The results were announced at 8.22pm by Returning Officer Hasim Ismail at the Machap Japerun complex, the vote-tallying centre for the by-election.

The voter turnout was 74.35 per cent. The constituency has 9,623 registered voters.

The seat fell vacant following the death of BN assemblyman Datuk Wira Poh Ah Tiam, 55, who was also Melaka MCA chief, on March 15.

Poh defeated Liou, 33, by a majority of 4,562 votes in the last general election.

Poh garnered 5,487 votes against Liou's 1,285 in the Chinese-majority seat.

Chinese accounted for 45.9 per cent, Malays (39.83 per cent) and Indians (14.09 per cent).

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