‘PH would regain Sungai Bakap’

There are high chances for PH to regain the Sungai Bakap state seat, said an analyst.

“Based on the results in the recent Kuala Kubu Baharu by-election results, early voters and two polling districts swung in favour of the unity government component party. The Malays are also witnessing the government providing assistance,” said associate professor Dr Mazlan Ali to Harapan Daily.

He said this when responding to questions regarding the Sungai Bakap state seat in Penang.

Sungai Bakap assemblyman Nor Zamri Latiff of Pas-PN died three days ago.

The first term assemblyman won the seat last year with 1,563 vote majority in a straight fight.

The seat is a mixed seat. Data from last year state polls indicate that they are 60 percent Malay voters, 22.5 percent Chinese and 17.4 percent Indian voters

Sungai Bakap is one of the three seats under Nibong Tebal parliament seat which is currently held by Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek.

The other two state seats are held by PH-BN components. Jawi is represented by DAP’s H’ng Mooi Lye and Sungai Acheh is represented by Penang state exco Rashidi Zinol of Umno.

Mazlan also spoke about the non-Malay voters in Sungai Bakap.

“Indians got no choice even if they have issues with the government now. They cannot be anti-establishment they would then be left out.

“Upto 80 percent of the Chinese community are with PH since 2008 because the offer this coalition offered is better than BN’s and PN’s.