Live – BN wins in Tenang


BN has defeated Pas in the Tenang by-election with a larger majority of 3,707. Voter turnout was revised downwards to 67 per cent. Live updates and discussion of the Tenang by-election outcome.

Photo of the day: A man said to be Muhyiddin wading through knee-deep floods in Tenang today as an aide shields him with an umbrella in case he gets even more drenched - Photo from twitpic

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Phua Kai Lit

Bridget Welsh’s analysis is one of the most sophisticated.
Welsh is a professor at Singapore Management University and she specialises in Malaysian politics


The most sophisticated you say? Perhaps it is so for you. Sophistication does not lie with the pompous language employed but on the quality of analysis.

For me, she’s a joke. Just compare her “before” and “after” analysis. Her thought process revolves around her narrow political views ( that is pro-PR and anti-BN) and some bookish political theory.

Gerakan K

Nice win for BN.

Anil, don’t feel sad. No RM12000 for you.


Ong Eu Soon, you need not be too concerned with LGE and DAP…dig a big hole ready, Malaysians next GE will bury MCA and Gerakan for good!…the writing is already on the wall!…goodbye to all cherry pickers…


I have always said that PKR must concentrate and win the hearts of the rural Malays and Indian. The Chinese votes is not just enough. They must also be able to crack Sabah and Sarawak before they can march to Putrajaya. I cant blame the Malays for supporting UMNO but the Indian is a great disappoinment despite the facts that they are being in the poverty cycle for the past 53 years. They never change and will always accept pittance for their votes. As for Penang urban areas, the Indian Muslim and the Malays in Seberang Mainland Penang are solidly… Read more »


I had already warned the brain-dead PR supporters here than their beloved PR candidate the Cikgu Mala is doomed and doesn’t have a ghost of a chance. Yet, aided and abetted by the syiok-sendiri press reports of people ready for “change”, these naive supporters had been hoping against hope. As such, today’s result came as a hammer blow. Instead of reflecting on the loud and clear message by the electorate, DAP leaders are taking pot shots at MCA for losing the Chinese votes. Merlimau too will be a disaster for PR and let’s see what kind of excuse they have… Read more »

Ong Eu Soon

Don’t worryMCA will be defeated once again, but PR lose.


Enjoy the goodies from BN in this buy-election and then vote them out in the next GE.

Anyway those Felda fellows have got windfall from the rise of rubber price. So they prefer status quo to safeguard their income.

As for the chinese, maybe they are succumbed by the charm of Cua Soi Lek and the Australian PR ng yen Yen.


The by-election was a good gauge of things to come. Worried that everyone is harping on the Chinese vote issue. Personally feel that you can’t win an election with just one race and neither can you govern a country with one race too.


Election is more important than rescue flood victims.

Bolehland is destined to a bankrupt country with BN world-class corruption and election “diutamakan dari rakyat”.


nkkhoo, you are 101% right………….

MCA....the choice of the Chinese

PAKATAN RAKYAT especially DAP seems a bunch of SORE LOSERS. DAP never fails to have EXCUSES for each & every defeat they suffer. Why can’t they just accept reality with sheer maturity??? They blame the RAIN, the blame the FLOOD, they blame selective assistance to voters & amazingly they are saying the BIGGEST LOSER is CHUA SOI LEK instead. GOSH!!! Can they please “Wake up”??? Blaming this & that will NOT win votes & can some … please tell them this??? DAP ought to take the blows like a MAN (a real MAN, I mean). Blaming the sky or the… Read more »


Wake up MCA machai, the majority of Chinese NEVER support MCA for sure.

Except for my old mum, my four siblings all voted opposition (PAS) from the day we registered as voters.


Well Khoo, that’s their choice voting for PAS. But I would hardly think most non Muslims who vote for PAS because they approve PAS’ policies or think the party’s clean. But more as a vote against BN or as a proxy vote for DAP. However by voting for PAS, many Malaysians are indirectly feeding a Frankenstein that will one day will be strong enough and then will show its true face. It is easier to reform a corrupted party by purging the corrupt leaders but you can never change a party like PAS who is fanatical and self righteous in… Read more »


I don’t think the danger in PAS is the prospect of an Islamic State directly, but what will happen if they get into a federal government and table their Islamic State Bill. DAP and PKR and their supporters can chortle “we have to let them do what they want, but we won’t vote for it” all they like, but DAP/PKR’s attitude is irrelevant. I believe if PAS table their Islamic State Bill from within a PR Federal government, the UMNO-led Opposition will vote for it *unanimously*, as simply the easiest and quickest way to bring down the government. The Pakatan… Read more »


Sean Interesting reply and thought-provoking too. This is the kind of debate and discussion I would rather have it here than the mindless and half-baked posts that sadly have become the staple of most Malaysian blogs. My views differ on the issue of PAS as I have lot of first hand experience in attending their ceramahs, listening to their speeches of their leaders and knowing some of their mid-level leaders as friends. My advantage that though I am an Indian, I could easily pass off as a Malay Muslim. I always been fascinated by PAS and their supporters and I… Read more »


As you said PAS has been and always be the most dangerous political party in Malaysia but UMNO is will to cahoot with PAS for unity talk. So that make it 2.


Use your brain, most Chinese voters are rational and no hesitate to punish those extremist and radical party before they are growing too big and too far off from the middle path.

UMNO is simply too big and powerful, they have to be tainted.

Even PR wrest control of Putrajaya, Chinese will not vote PR to win 2/3.

Ong Eu Soon

This by-election will make LGE very happy, but Anwar very disappointed. The Chinese is still with DAP, but the voters is not with PR. LGE can win all the Chinese votes and lost the state government in the next general election. Over dependence of Chinese votes will kill PR, like the previous few by-election the focus is still on the Chinese votes which proved to be a formula for disaster. Wake up now before it is too late, PR need to make in road to Malay heartland, it need other than Chinese votes. The Chinese votes is just a illusion… Read more »


LGE role in Kampung Buah Pala scandal (miffed) the Indians. I told DAP and PR supporters in this blog a year ago, with Malay and Indian votes are siding BN, Anwar and PR can say sayonara to Putrajaya forever.

The best scenario for PR is 70% Chinese votes and 35% Malay votes.

PR needs at least 70% Indian votes to win marginally in West Malaysia.

With 30-40% Indians behind PR now, PR may lose 2/3 majority to BN in the next GE.

Who want to bet with me for RM1?


One good outcome came from Tenang buy-election was MCA lies on PAS extremism no longer frightened away Chinese votes. PAS on the other hand, should reciprocate the good wishes and strong support the Chinese have given them…using a softer approach to accommodate the non-Muslims in their belief in Islam.


sgt sedih.. kenapa lah dgn bangsaku ini… never learn..


Inilah gayanya banga kita, rahimah, kalau sudah nampak duit ringgit dan suapan habis segala-galanya. Syg sgt syg ………… tak berkiran jauh hanya kaut pagi makan pagi ……….


Strange but true. PR supporters are celebrating BN missed target of winning 5k majority. People have spoken. BN is their choice. Stop degrading those voters that have supported BN.

Also stop singing the same song: 50++ years of corruptions, cronyism, nepotism, plundering, etc.

People have spoken. Majority of them trust BN more than PR. Understand?

Moral of this byelection: Shaking hands are all time important.


pas never quit until the end f the world….

Jerry chin

PAKATAN RAKYAT is going to sing this song…

“Blame it on the RAIN”



PAS – 3
BN – 115
Undi rosak – 1
Jumlah keseluruhan – 119

Malaysia Devil

Heard that UMNO provides boats to Felda folks to vote and no transportation to Chinese and Indian voters for those affected by flood

Malaysia Devil

Well Tenang people are more comfortable with floods and low living standard, so we don’t disturb them, let them be like that for generations and we concentrate on those who wants to change


Tenang by-electon is nothing much to talk about, it is just a by election, moreover Tenang is BN stronghole, if BN cannot win this DUN, then It tells us people power, people want “change”. If BN won, it must win in bigger majority compare to 2008, otherwise consider BN defeated again.
Rakyat is waiting for 2nd coming Tsunami again, this time will be giving other state a chance to show their PEOPLE POWER…
State under PR is doing great except some YBs problems! you know I know…hehe!


Yes hopefully an upset victory and RM14,000/ contributions promise by Gerakan K to Anil blog


kalau menang, Tok Ai akan pergi melancong….


I bet you the losing party will blame it on the floods.


I believe other countries will postpone election in such flooding situation. Rescue the rakyat should be “diutamakan”.

But Malaysia is Bolehland, defy logic is a norm.


Hopefully the flood would kept most of the Felda voters away thereby giving PAS a chance for an upset victory.

Jaymie Cham

teruja keputas PRK Tenang


Anil ,looks like Felda votes are not as high due to the floods??


ia bodoh bn pengecut……


The effect is more on Chinese voters, less than 60% Chinese voters came out to vote as reported.


Chances of either party winnning with reduced numbers of Malay votes due to floods?


The BN win is inevitable, thanks to th by PAS. This election illustrates one thing – the lack of understanding between the races. It is one thing for the Muslim women refusing to have any “skin-to-skin” contact with “stranger men”, but it is another thing if the Muslim women decide to become a candidate for an election. If the Muslim women don’t want to have any “skin-contact” with any male then they should turn down any nomination offer to be an electoral candidate. They should understand one thing – that when they are elected they do not only represent the… Read more »


What do you mean by ‘shaking hand is a basic human gesture’?

I can argue that practising yoga is also a very basic human exercise that should not be barred in the name of religion.


I know Buddhist followers do not see shake hand is a basic human gesture. Clamping both palms is their natural way of gesture.

While Chinese traditional way of gesture is one palm holding another fist.

Do not take stuff from the Western civilization as the basic human gesture, shake hand is one of them.