Official: Pakatan wins GE14

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad attend a press conference in Petaling Jaya May 9, 2018. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad attend a press conference in Petaling Jaya May 9, 2018. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, May 10 — 5am — Pakatan Harapan has recorded a historic victory in the 14th general election, bringing an end to over six decades of uninterrupted Barisan Nasional rule.

The Election Commission (EC) announced that PH parties jointly won 113 seats, enough to form the federal government by a simple majority.

Sabah-based Warisan won eight while STAR took one. Both are believed to be aligned with PH albeit informally.

BN retained just 79 seats or 54 fewer than what they won in 2013.

Islamist party PAS won 18, primarily in the east coast states of Kelantan and Terengganu.

Three independent candidates emerged victorious in GE14, including the youngest ever MP P. Prabakaran, 22, who won in Batu.

4.15am — Pakatan Harapan parties together with Warisan and Parti Solidariti Tanah Airku (STAR) have jointly won 31 seats in Sabah, enough to form the state government by simple majority.

This means that Barisan Nasional has now lost four states in the general election, and is on the cusp of losing two more.

BN has so far lost its birthplace of Johor along with Melaka, Terengganu and Negri Sembilan. Perak and Kedah remain in play only because of PAS seats.

 3.30am — Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa has declared May 10, 11 and 13 special public holidays, following Pakatan Harapan’s victory in the 14th general election.

The announcement signals that the civil service’s readiness to welcome the incoming administration of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who moments earlier announced the holidays during a press conference.

The PH parties are on the cusp of forming the federal government by themselves, but have more than the needed 112 seats once Warisan and three PH-leaning independents are included.

2.55am — Pakatan Harapan parties and Warisan have jointly won 115 seats and may form the next federal government, according to results from the Election Commission.

The EC’s website at 2.52am showed that PKR candidates have won 100 seats while DAP has won 9 in East Malaysia. Warisan also won 6.

The number does not include three independent candidates who are believed to be Pakatan-friendly.

2.10am — Barisan Nasional Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said his coalition will “accept the will of the people”, as the coalition lost the lead in the 14th general election.

He said so shortly after the Election Commission announced that Pakatan Harapan parties have taken the lead in the federal seats.

“Whatever it is, we need to respect the will of the people; we need to make sure the election result is respected and we will move on,” he said on a TV interview.

The EC earlier announced that PH parties have captured the Umno bastion of Johor and Negri Sembilan while retaining Penang and Selangor.

1.55am — Pakatan Harapan parties contesting under PKR have the most parliamentary seats at the moment, with the Election Commission announcing that they have won 80.

However, Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah stressed that this was still below the 112 needed to form a simple majority.

Barisan Nasional has 67 seats, followed by PAS with 14.

Independents have three seats while Warisan has two. Sabah-based Parti Solidariti has one.

12.55am — Pakatan Harapan has taken the lead in the race for Parliament, with unofficial figures from state news agency Bernama showing the pact to have 42 seats to Barisan Nasional’s 41.

Major leaders of the pact to have sailed through include Nurul Izzah Anwar (Permatang Pauh), Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (Setiawangsa), Tan Kok Wai (Cheras), Fuziah Salleh (Kuantan), and Zuraida Kamaruddin (Ampang).

All across the country, BN continues to register stunning upsets that have already claimed at least three component party leaders.

PH chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad earlier declared victory for his pact, claiming the Election Commission was withholding the final results.

12.35am — MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong withstood the onslaught of Johor DAP chairman Liew Chin Tong to keep his Ayer Hitam seat by just 303 votes.

Pakatan Harapan had depicted the battle for Ayer Hitam as the bellwether for its performance in the larger general election, but it appears that the pact may no longer require the seat for victory.

12.30am — Election Commission chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah urged Malaysians to be patient amid claims by Pakatan Harapan that it has won the 14th general election.

In a press conference shortly after midnight, he said his commission was still busy tallying the votes and denied that there were obstacles to the EC announcing the results.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad earlier accused the EC of withholding the official results to prevent his pact from taking the win officially.

“We do not have any trickery. When we have the results for all 222 parliamentary seats and all 505 state seats, we will announce this.

“I hope the public will continue being patient as we are trying our best,” he said.

12.15am — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad emerged victorious in Langkawi, setting the stage for him to possibly become Malaysia’s prime minister once more.

Barisan Nasional continued losing major leaders with Datuk Seri Johari Ghani being ousted from Titiwangsa while former minister Datuk Seri Shaziman Mansor was defeated in Tampin by Pakatan Harapan’s Hasan Baharom.

Umno stalwart Datuk Seri Shahrir Samad was also voted out by Johor Baru residents, who voted in Akmal Nasrullah Mohd Nasir.

12.00am — Gerakan president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong has lost his Teluk Intan seat in a bruising general election contest that has now claimed three Barisan Nasional component party leaders.

He joins MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and SUPP’s Dr Sim Kui Hian who were both declared losers earlier.

Pakatan Harapan also picked up Sandakan via Wong Tien Fatt and Bukit Bintang through incumbent Fong Kui Loon.

Barisan Nasional continued to pick up seats, however, with Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said, Datuk Seri Ismail Mutalib, and Datuk Seri Ismail Mohd Said winning in Pengerang, Maran, and Kuala Krau.

The tally is now 36 to BN and 22 to Pakatan Harapan, but Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has already claimed his pact to be the winners of GE14.

11.25pm — Alice Lau won in Lanang while Willie Anak Mongin eked out a victory in Puncak Borneo to put Pakatan Harapan at 20 seats, according to unofficial tallies.

Barisan Nasional’s Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing won in Bintulu to keep the coalition ahead with 33 seats.

10.55pm — Independent Jugah Mak Yong was victorious in Lubuk Antu tonight, becoming the third such candidate to be victorious in the 14th general election.

Barisan Nasional also picked up another seat via Lukisman Awang Sani in Sibuti.

10.49pm — Independent P. Prabakaran, 22, has won the Batu federal seat to become the youngest ever parliamentarian in Malaysian history.

Lim Lip Eng was also victorious in Segambut to give PKR 18 seats, unofficially.

10.10pm — Barisan Nasional has gained another three seats via Datuk Fadillah Yusof, Hasbi Habibollah and Rubiah Wang who delivered the Petra Jaya, Limbang and Kota Samarahan seats in Sarawak.

10.00pm — Sarawak DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen has won Stampin with a large margin against BN's Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian in the state's hottest contest.

Chong garnered 33,060 votes to defeat Dr Sim, who is the Sarawak United People's Party (SUPP) president, with a majority of 14,221 votes.

9.50pm — Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has won his Bagan Datuk seat, joining Datuk Seri Najib Razak who earlier retained his Pekan seat.

BN’s Datuk Ugak Anak Kumbang also won the Hulu Rajang seat to give the coalition 28 seats, according to unofficial results.

PKR’s Oscar Ling won Sibu to keep the party in touch with 16 seats.

Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri was victorious in Batang Sadong.

9.30pm — Sarawak has given Barisan another three seats as Datuk Masir Kujat, Datuk Hanifah Hajar Taib and Ahmad Johnie Zawawi won Sri Aman, Mukah and Igan, respectively.

PKR’s Ali Anak Biju won in Saratok earlier to give the party its 15th unofficial win.

9.10pm — Barisan Nasional has won Kepala Batas, Parit Sulong and Kapit via Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican, Datuk Noraini Ahmad and Datuk Alexander Nanta Linggi, respectively.

The coalition is now ahead by 21 seats to PKR’s 14 and one independent.

9.00pm — MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has been upset by environmentalist Wong Tack to become the first Barisan Nasional component head to be defeated in 14th general election.

Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has retained his Bera seat to give Barisan Nasional its 18th unofficial victory while Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor cruised to victory in Putrajaya.

Baru Bian has officially won the Selangau seat in Sarawak.

The count now is 19 BN seats to 14 by PKR.

One independent won in Sarawak.

8.42pm — PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has won the Pandan federal seat as the Pakatan Harapan pact continues to catch up to Barisan Nasional.

The pact has also won Segamat via R. Santhara Kumar and Kuala Kangsar Ahmad Termizi Ramli.

Barisan Nasional took Tanjung Karang via Tan Sri Noh Omar, Gua Musang through Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, and Tapah with M. Saravanan.

8.35pm — PKR’s Datuk Abdullah Sani Yahaya, Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh, and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu were victorious in Kapar, Ledang and Kota Raja to put Pakatan Harapan five seats behind Barisan Nasional.

8.30pm — Pakatan Harapan has added Tanjong and Shah Alam via Chow Kon Yeow and Khalid Samad to give the pact seven seats, according to unofficial figures.

Barisan Nasional added Rompin via former Public Accounts Committee chairman Datuk Hasan Ariffin.

8.13pm — MCA vice president Datuk Chua Tee Yong has lost his Labis federal seat to Pakatan Harapan’s Pang Hok Liang, the first major casualty of the 14th general election.

The pact’s Michael Teo also won Miri in Sarawak.

Barisan Nasional was victorious in Kuala Terengganu, however, winning via Wan Nawawi Wan Ismail.

7.56pm — Pakatan Harapan’s Wong Kah Woh has won the Ipoh Timur federal seat while Barisan Nasional’s Datuk VS Mogan was victorious in Port Dickson.

7.52pm — Barisan Nasional has won the Kanowit, Betong and Kapit seats while PKR’s Xavier Jeyakumar won in Kuala Langat.

Barisan Nasional has won the Federal Territory of Labuan and Serian in Sarawak, giving the coalition six federal seats in the 14th general election.

Rozman Asli won in Labuan while Datuk Seri Richard Riot Jaem easily retained his Serian seat.

Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar added Santubong soon after, followed by Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim in Batang Lupar.

7.43pm — Gerakan’s Datuk Liang Teck Meng retained his Simpang Renggam seat while Datuk Aaron Ago Dagang won Kanowit.

Independent Larry Sng upset BN’s Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum to take the Julau seat.

Warisan’s Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal has successfully defended his Semporna seat in Sabah, giving the Opposition their first victory for the 14th general election.

Barisan Nasional recorded early wins via Datuk Seri Ghapur Salleh (Kalabakan), Anyi Ngau (Baram), and Yusuf Abd Wahad (Tanjung Manis) in East Malaysia.

Parit, Perak gave BN its first win on the peninsula, after Mohd Nizar Zakaria was declared the unofficial winner.

All results are unofficial pending confirmation by the Election Commission.

Both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan have taken the lead in some areas, primarily in Sarawak where counting is already further underway.

Datuk Seri Najib Razak earlier expressed his gratitude to voters, election workers and security personnel when polling centres closed at 5pm

Turnout has been high despite polling being held on a Wednesday, with the EC reporting respectable figures in most states.

According to the commission’s unofficial figures, around 80 per cent of registered Melaka voters were already done voting at 4pm while 73.02 per cent of eligible Perak voters have cast their votes by the same time.

In Johor, turnout was 71.61 per cent at 4pm while the figure in Kelantan was 75.99 per cent.

Polling closed in Pulau Perhentian in Terengganu as early as 3pm today, after 91 per cent of the 800 registered voters there cast their ballots.

Polling ends officially at 5pm for most centres.

Voters earlier complained of long queues to vote, with some claiming it took them up to five hours to get to the polling stations.

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