The Penang State Assembly member for Permatang Pasir, Hamdan Abdul Rahman from Pas, passed away at dawn, according to a source in Permatang Pauh who was informed by Hamdan’s personal assistant.
Hamdan, who suffered from heart complications, has been described as “a good man”, concerned about the people’s problems, humble and easily approachable.
Pas has held the Permatang Pasir seat since 1999.
In the 2008 general election, Hamdan had defeated an Umno candidate by a 5,433-vote majority.
If a by-election is held in Permatang Pasir, it would be the third in this part of mainland Penang since the 2008 general election (after the Permatang Pauh parliamentary and Penanti state by-elections).
The state seats of Penanti, Permatang Pasir and Seberang Jaya lie within the Permatang Pauh parliamentary constituency.