Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, known as the shaper of modern Malaysia, lost the election. Not only that, Pejuang Party chief Mahathir also lost his collateral due to low number of votes.

In his long political career, this veteran politician of Southeast Asia lost the election for the second time. Earlier, Mahathir lost to President Yusuf Raja in the 1969 election.

Mahathir got only 4,566 votes in the Holiday Island parliamentary seat in Longkabi. Perikatan National Datuk Party’s Suhaimi Abdullah won the seat with 25,463 votes. According to the votes received, Mahathir was ranked fourth in that seat.

Mahathir, who served as Prime Minister for 22 consecutive years from 1981 to 2003, changed Malaysia radically. Malaysia made great progress under his rule for more than two decades.

In 2018, at the age of 92, Mahathir was re-elected as the Prime Minister of Malaysia. But party infighting led to the fall of his government in less than two years and Mahathir also resigned.

Mahathir was optimistic about his own victory in the last election. “I am still with you and talking,” Malay told the media.

(November 20/DM)