After defeat, Penang BN chief quits party posts

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By Opalyn Mok

GEORGE TOWN, May 5 — Penang Barisan Nasional (BN) chief Teng Chang Yeow has announced his resignation from all party posts following the coalition’s defeat in the frontline state.

BN failed to win back the state, with Pakatan Rakyat (PR) retaining the state by winning 30 out of 40 state seats — one more than in Election 2008.

Taking responsibility for the lost, Teng said he will resign as Gerakan secretary-general and Penang BN chief, saying today’s result was a clear rejection by Penang residents of the coalition again.

In the latest unofficial results, DAP retained all its 19 state seats,  while PKR won 10 out of 16 seats contested and PAS won one out five contested.

But PR only kept 10 parliamentary seats after BN kept Kepala Batas and Tasek Gelugor while winning back Balik Pulau.

“Penang has rejected Gerakan once again and it is time that the party do some soul searching,” Teng said in a sombre press conference at the BN headquarters here.

Teng had also lost in the Bukit Tengah state seat against the PKR incumbent Ong Chin Wen by about 6,000 votes.

BN also lost its deposit for the first time in its history, after Pengkalan Kota saw DAP incumbent Lau Keng Ee win 15,403 votes to the 1,803 of BN’s Loke Poh Chye.

 

The polls have closed in Malaysia and the counting begun. The general election has been the most closely fought in the country’s history with the possibility that voters could put an end to a ... more 
The polls have closed in Malaysia and the counting begun. The general election has been the most closely fought in the country’s history with the possibility that voters could put an end to a run of 56 years in power for the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition. Despite trying to win over a growing middle class with social reforms, Prime Minister Najib Razak has come up against a momentum for change especially among young Malaysians. The three-party Pakatan Rakyat opposition alliance led by Anwar Ibrahim has pledged to clean up politics – it wants to break down a network of race-based patronage that has grown up over the past few decades. As the polls closed there were tales of suspected fraud allegedly carried out by the ruling coalition. Witnesses claimed that indelible ink could be easily washed off enabling some to cast ballots twice. Results electing the 222 seat parliament will begin to trickle in over the next few hours. less 
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