In the last general election held in March 2008, Ismail Yaacob won the predominantly Malay seat after defeating Zulkepli Omar of United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) with a 1352-vote majority. He had been the Assemblyman for Manek for five terms (except in year 2004) since year 1986.
On behalf of Bukittunggal, I offer my condolences to his family.
Another By-Election - Will Cowardice BN Standing in Manek By Election? With the death of YB Ismail Yaacob, EC is expected to make a Press Release to announce whether the by-election is going to be held. If EC decides to hold the by-election, this is going to be the 3rd by-election in Malaysia in year 2009. First by election was held last month, where Pakatan won 2 seats out of 3 seats contested. Second election will be held for Penanti seat, on 31st May 2009. Nomination day for Penanti will be tomorrow, 23rd May 2009. Barisan Nasional (BN) had already decided that they are not going to nominate any candidate for the election. The New PM, Mr Najib had blaming the opposition parties especially KEADILAN for exploiting the election process . Penanti is one of the state constituency under Permatang Pauh (DSAI stringhold). Let’s see whether BN is going to nominate any candidate for Penanti by-election..... To all the PKR supporters in Penanti..All the best to all of you from Sarawak Mupok aku