GE15: Mahathir defeated, loses deposit

Former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir. Photo courtesy of Dr. Mahathir Facebook.

PETALING JAYA, Nov 19 – Former Prime Minister and President of Pejuang, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, lost the Langkawi Parliamentary seat, which he was contesting for in Malaysia’s 15th General Election. Perikatan Nasional candidate Datuk Suhaimi Abdullah took the seat with 25,463 votes.

Mahathir managed to garner 4,566 votes. He also lost his deposit.

His rejection in Langkawi was not a shocker altogether, considering the growing discontent expressed in social circles, social media, with many holding Mahathir’s miscalculated moves and his almost obssessive desire to prevent Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from becoming Malaysia’s prime minister as the main reasons for the political instability seen in the country the past few years.

It was Mahathir’s first loss in parliamentary elections since his win in 1964.

Barisan Nasional’s Armishah Siraj took the second place, winning 11,945 seats.