Just when Umno is dreading more by-elections, another one is in the pipeline with the passing of Manek Urai state assembly member Ismail Yaacob at dawn today after a long illness.
In the 2008 general election, Pas retained control of Kelantan, winning 38 of the 45 state assembly seats. Ismail won his seat with a 5,746-4,394 margin.
What do you think? Will Umno want to put up a candidate? I have a feeling it will have to contest, whether it likes it or not, as staying out in two by-elections in a row will raise all kinds of questions.