Mohd Salleh Man, 52, retained the seat for PAS by polling 9,618 votes to defeat Rohaizat Othman, 38, of the Barisan Nasional (BN) by a majority of 4,551 votes.

Mohd Salleh Man, 52, retained the seat for PAS by polling 9,618 votes to defeat Rohaizat Othman, 38, of the Barisan Nasional (BN) by a majority of 4,551 votes.

PAS retained the Permatang Pasir state seat in the by-election on Tuesday when its candidate, Mohd Salleh Man, 52, polled 9,618 votes to win by a majority of 4,551 votes. The Penang PAS commissioner beat Mr Rohaizat Othman, 38, of the Barisan Nasional (BN) who garnered 5,067 votes in the straight fight.

The result of the by-election was announced by Returning Officer Roslan Yahaya at 7.25pm at the Dewan Perdana of the National Youth Skills Institute in Jalan Berapit here.

Supporters of Mr Mohd Salleh in the hall applauded soon after the result was announced.

Among the leaders present at the Dewan Perdana were the PAS election director, Datuk Mahfuz Omar, and Penang Deputy Chief Minister I Mansor Othman.

After the result was announced, Mr Mohd Salleh alighted from the stage and had dates for the breaking of the fast.

The BN candidate was not seen in the hall.

The by-election was held following the death of the state assemblyman, Datuk Mohd Hamdan Abdul Rahman of PAS, on July 31 of a heart ailment.

The Permatang Pasir state seat is a PAS stronghold which the party had retained in the last three electoral terms.

In the general election last year, Mr Mohd Hamdan defeated the BN candidate, Mr Ahmad Sahar Shuib, by a majority of 5,433 votes when he garnered 11,004 votes.

Up to 82.6 per cent of the total 20,350 voters went to the polls in the general election last year while 73.1 per cent of the total 20,290 voters cast their ballots in this by-election. — BERNAMA