6.04pm: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng says DAP appears to have retained Chinese-majorityMeradong and on course to wrest Chinese-majority Repok from SUPP (both in Sarikei), but has lost in Bukit Kota, a racially-mixed seat in Limbang which is contested by DAP for the first time.
5.46pm: According to sources, BN has retained Balingian, Beting Maro, Belaga, Saribas, while it is leading in Ngemah, Jepak, Katibas, and Bawang Assan.
5.32pm: Campaign manager Paul Bian confirms that his lawyer brother Baru Bian has won theBa’Kelalan in his second attempt for this remote constituency which borders Indonesia’s Kalimantan.
Unofficial tally so far shows that the Sarawak PKR leader is leading with slightly over 540 votes and he is still waiting for the last polling district – which has only some 100 votes – to be counted.
5.27pm: Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud is leading in his home turf of Balingian. With five polling stations counted, he has a majority of 641 votes.
He is challenged by his cousin, former deputy minister Salleh Jafaruddin, who is running as an independent, and businesswoman Suriati Abdullah from PKR.
4.50pm: PKR candidate Abang Zulkifli Abang Engkeh concedes defeat in Saribas.
“As a politician, we will continue to be in politics. This defeat will not dampen my spirit to continue the struggle,” he tells Malaysiakini at the PKR operation centre in Debak when unofficial results obtained by the party shows BN is leading with well over 1,200 majority.
This is his third try in electoral campaign and second attempt in Saribas. He was defeated in the last state polls by a tissue-thin 94-vote majority, but this time he lost by a massive margin.
“The main factor is money and the secondary factor is new candidate,” he says, referring to BN’s debutant Muhammad Razi Sitam, who replaced unpopular incumbent Wahbi Junaidi.
“Last night, many voters called me to ask for money but we don’t practice vote-buying. Although we have lost, we lost with dignity whereas BN’s victory is not genuine victory,” he says.
PKR loses in most of the polling districts, including Kampung Tuie, which has still yet to get clean water supply.
5.02pm: According to a DAP source, unofficial interim results as follows:
Meradong: 12 streams counted, DAP leads by 800
Bukit Assek: 3 streams counted, DAP leads by 26 votes.
Bawang Assan: 12 streams counted, DAP trailing 1,200 votes
Dudong: 13 streams counted, trailing 650 votes
Pelawan (no streams counted yet)
For Bawang Assan and Dudong, the streams for Chinese areas are have not been counted yet.
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