According to unofficial tally, the opposition has apparently denied the ruling Barisan Nasional its crucial two-thirds majority by winning up to 79 seats so far. To deny the government two-thirds majority, the opposition must win 75 seats. On the other hand, BN has won about 130 seats. There are still a dozen more seats to be decided.
Guan Eng to be Penang CM – 11.59pm
It is believed that DAP has named party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng as the next chief minister of Penang. DAP won all 19 state seats it contested in Penang with PKR winning six and Pas two. There are 40 state seats in Penang.
Official: PKR’s Khalid Ibrahim takes Bandar Tun Razak – 12.04pm
PKR’s Abdul Khalid Ibrahim wins the Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary seat beating BN’s Tan Chai Ho by a majority of 2,515 votes. He has also won the state seat of Ijok, which he had lost in a bitterly fought by-election last year.
Umno Youth chief Hishammuddin wins – 11.58pm
The Umno Youth chief beats PKR’s Lee Sang by a majority of 11,570.
Confirmed: Both MCA chief and brother win – 11.58pm
MCA president Ong Ka Ting wins the Kulai parliamentary seat while his brother Ka Chuan also wins at Tanjung Malim.
Abdullah says defeat part of democracy – 11.50pm
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said that he accepted defeat in three states – Penang, Kedah and Kelantan – a sizable number of parliament seats. He said that was how democracy works and urged everyone to remain calm and not to celebrate in the streets.
Opposition wins 27 state seats in Penang – 11.40pm
The opposition has won 27 out of 40 state seats in Penang – DAP (19 seats), PKR (6) and PAS (2). Of the parliament seats, DAP has seven seats while PKR has three so far.
Latest official tally – 11.33pm
As at 11.20pm, BN has won 52 parliamentary seats, followed by DAP with six, PAS (2) and PKR (2)
Joseph Pairin trailing brother, DAP may take KK – 11.08pm
BN’s Parti Rakyat Sabah (PBS) president and Sabah caretaker deputy chief minister Joseph Pairin Kitingan is trailing behind his brother, state deputy PKR chief Dr Jeffrey Kitingan at the Keningau parliamentary seat.
Unconfirmed reports also say DAP has won the the Kota Kinabalu parliamentary seat through its Kota Kinabalu chief Dr Hiew King Chiew.
Anwar: BN to lose two-thirds majority – 11.02pm
PKR advisor Anwar Ibrahim said tonight that early results from the general election indicated the BN would lose its critical two-thirds majority in parliament.
“We have crossed the one-third majority. This is based on information from the candidates from the initial counting,” he told AFP. “This is a major victory… and we are moving up very fast towards (winning) 40 percent (of parliament seats),” he said.
Confirmed: Opposition takes Kedah – 10.50pm
Both the PAS and PKR have won 22 out of 36 state seats in Kedah. This means that the combined opposition will form the next state government there. Apart from Kedah, the opposition has won two other states – Kelantan and Penang.
Unofficial: Pak Lah wins with reduced majority – 10.45pm
The Barisan Nasional chairperson retains his Kepala Batas by a reduced majority of about 11,000. His majority in 2004 was 18,000.
Unofficial: T Mohan defeated in Batu Caves – 10.44pm
MIC’s new face T Mohan has been defeated by Amirudin Shari from the PKR.
Unofficial: MIC’s Wanita chief Komala loses in Kapar – 10.44pm
The incumbent parliamentarian is defeated by PKR’s S Manikavasagam by a 3,000-vote majority.
Unofficial: MIC deputy president G Palanivel wins slim – 10.44pm
The Hulu Selangor incumbent has won by a mere 100-vote majority.
Wee Choo Keong takes Wangsa Maju – 10.42pm
Unofficial: Former DAP leader Wee Choo Keong, has won the Wangsa Maju parliament seat in Kuala Lumpur for PKR. He is reported to have won by 500 votes. This will mark the return of the fiery lawyer to Parliament.
BN wins big in Sarawak, only Kuching falls – 10.40pm
BN in Sarawak, with only parliamentary seats being contested, is winning big. Results over RTM as at 10.29pm confirmed that DAP only managed to defend its sole Bandar Kuching seat. BN won Serian, Selangau, Julau, Petra Jaya, Betong, Bandar Sibu, Stampin, Miri and Kota Samarahan comfortably. However, BN only managed to scrap through Sarikei by a 51-vote majority.
Unofficial: Najib wins in Pekan – 10.26pm
Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak retained Pekan with a majority of about 26,000. He defeated PKR rookie Khairul Anwar Ahmad Zainuddin.
Tsu Koon promises smooth transition – 10.25pm
Former Penang chief minister Dr Koh Tsu Koon has promised a smooth transition of power to the combined opposition of DAP-PKR-PAS, which has taken over the state.
State DAP chief Chow Kom Yeow said this was relayed to him by Koh who is also Gerakan acting president. Speaking at a press conference at Hotel Macalister in Georgetown, Chow said Koh told him that the wishes of the people must be respected. DAP has again appealed to its supporters to remain calm.
Unofficial: Zam loses in Sungai Petani – 10.22pm
The information minister has apparently lost Kedah’s Sungai Petani parliamentary seat to PKR’s Johari Abdul by 10,000 votes.
Human rights lawyer Sivarasa wins Subang – 10.16pm
PKR’s R Sivarasa wins the Subang parliamentary seat by a majority of 8,000 votes. The opposition has also picked up the three state seats under Subang – Elizabeth Wong (PKR) in Bukit Lancang, Dr Nasir Mohd Hashim (PKR) in Kota Damansara and Khairudin Othman (PAS) in Paya Jaras.
Confirmed: ISA detainee wins with big majority – 10.15pm
Hindraf leader and ISA-detainee M Manoharan, on a DAP ticket, obtained 12,699 votes to win with a 7,184-vote majority the Kota Alam Shah state seat (Selangor).
Confirmed: Tan Seng Giaw retains Kepong with higher majority – 10.10pm
The six-term DAP incumbent obtained 35, 552 votes to win with a 23,848-vote.
Unofficial: Wan Azizah retains Permatang Pauh – 10.05pm
The PKR president and incumbent has won the seat by a 4,000-vote majority.
KL’s Titiwangsa falls to PAS – 10.05pm
Unofficial: PAS’ Dr Lo’ Lo’ Ghazali has won the Titiwangsa parliament seat with a majority of 1,972.
DAP takes Klang – 10.01pm
Unofficial: DAP candidate Charles Santiago has won the Klang parliament seat with 16,975 votes against MCA’s Ch’ng Toh Eng.
Unofficial: Nurul Izzah beats Shahrizat – 9.53pm
According to ground reports, PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar, Anwar Ibrahim’s daughter, has knocked out Umno minister Shahrizat Abdul Jalil at Kuala Lumpur’s Lembah Pantai. Today is also International Women’s Day.
IGP: Don’t spread rumours of riots – 9.53pm
Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan tonight warned that ISA will be invoked against those found spreading rumours of riots and urged those receiving such SMSes to report them to the police. Meanwhile, the opposition has urged its supporters to remain calm.
Unconfirmed: Samy is out – 9.43pm
Unofficial: MIC president S Samy Vellu has suffered a shock defeat at the hands of PSM’s Dr D Jeyakumar for the Sungai Siput parliamentary seat which he has held for nine terms. Jeyakumar polled 16,874 votes to Samy’s 14,408. Today is Samy Vellu’s 72nd birthday.
Recount in Rembau – 9.41pm
A recount is underway in the Rembau parliamentary seat which saw Khairy Jamaluddin taking on PKR’s Badrul Hisham Shaharin.
Kayveas loses at Taiping – 9.40pm
Another BN big gun, PPP’s M Kayveas, who is a deputy minister, has lost his Taiping parliament seat. Winner DAP’s Nga Hon Ming has told his supporters to have ‘zero celebration’.
PAS bags 15 seats in Kedah – 9.29pm
According to PAS organ Harakah, the opposition party has won 15 of the 36 state seats in Kedah, including seats that were considered Umno strongholds. It needs four more seats to win government.
Unofficial: Nurul creates upset in Lembah Pantai – 9.29pm
According to polling agents, Nurul Izzah looks sets to unseat Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in the Lembah Pantai seat.
PKR candidates leading in KL – 9.25pm
Unofficial result: PKR’s Zuraida Kamaruddin defeated BN’s Azman Wahid in the Ampang parliamentary constituency.
Meanwhile, Khalid Ibrahim has taken both the Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary seat where he contested against MCA’s Tan Chai Ho and the Ijok state seat against Umno’s Mohd Sayuti Said.
PKR vice-president Azmin Ali is leading Umno’s Said Anuar Syed Ahmad in the Gombak parliamentary seat, while Nurul Izzah Anwar is leading in Lembah Pantai against Umno’s Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.
Unofficial: PAS concedes defeat in Terengganu – 9.20pm
According to the state’s director of election Mustafa Ali, the party has conceded defeat in Terengganu, paving the way for BN to retain the state.
Opposition supporters told to stay calm – 9.20pm
DAP MP for Bukit Mertajam Chong Eng has advised all opposition supporters to remain calm and not provoke others. She also said they should refrain from having victory parades.
“The Barisan Rakyat must learn how to handle victory or loss with maturity,” said her statement which comes as early polls result indicate a major swing towards the opposition.
Close fight in Terengganu – 9.10pm
Latest report from Terengganu is that Umno and PAS are neck in neck as counting continues in many of the state seats. PAS is said to be leading with eight state seats against Umno’s five. At least 17 seats are needed to win the government as there are a total of 32 seats.
Teresa Kok wins with whopping 36,600 majority – 9.02pm
Teresa Kok has won her Seputeh parliamentary seat with an unprecedented 36,564 majority. She also won the Kinrara state seat with a massive 4,901 majority.
Confirmed: Opposition takes Penang – 8.52pm
Unofficial result: The opposition will form the next state government in Penang for second time in history. Gerakan, then an opposition party, won Penang almost 40 years ago. The DAP-PKR-PAS combination has collectively won at least 24 seats out of the 40 seats.
Unofficial: DAP retains Ipoh Barat and three state seats – 8.46pm
Incumbent M Kulasegaran obtained a majority of 1,056 while the three state seats in the parliamentary constituency – Buntong (majority 4,437), Bercham (3,395) and Kepayan (1,382) were also won by DAP.
Tengku Adnan wins Putrajaya – 8.45pm
Controversial minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor retained his Putrajaya parliamentary seat, where most of the voters are civil servants. He bagged 4,038 votes against PAS Mohd Noor Mohamad’s 1,304.
Kit Siang: Political tsunami – 8.39pm
This is from Lim Kit Siang’s blog: here is a political tsunami in the 12th general election, with the Barisan Nasional suffering probably its biggest setback in history. From available reports, DAP has won victories, in some cases with huge majorities, in the following parliamentary seats:
3. Bukit Glugor
4. Ipoh Timur
5. Batu Gajah
6. Petaling Jaya Utara
9. Bukit Bintang
11. Bandar Kuching
14. Kota Melaka
DAP is leading in the following parliamentary seats:
6. Teluk Intan
8. Bukit Bendera
9. Batu Kawan
For state assembly seats, DAP has won
1. Subang Jaya
In Penang, the three state seats of Tanjong and Bagan have also been won by DAP. Other Penang state seats won by DAP are Air Puteh, Prai, Batu Lanchang, Pulau Tikus and leading in all the other state seats contested by DAP. DAP has also won new state seats in Perak, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Malacca and Johore.
One of the most noted state assembly win is the Sri Tanjong seat of Tawau, Sabah.
Samy trails by 1,300 votes – 8.32pm
PKR’s Dr D Jeyakumar is presently leading by 1,300 votes in Sungai Siput. However there are sill more than 20,000 votes to be counted. Samy Vellu has been the Sungai Siput MP since 1974. Samy Vellu claims today is his 72nd birthday.
MIC Youth chief behind PAS in Kota Raja – 8.35pm
MIC Youth chief SA Vigneswaran is trailing behind PAS candidate Dr Siti Maria Mahmud in the state seat of Kota Raja, which is under the Klang parliamentary seat. Vigneswaran is parliamentary secretary to the Youth and Sports Ministry.
Ramasamy knocks out Koh in Batu Kawan – 8.27pm
Unofficial – Prof P Ramasamy has defeated outgoing Penang chief minister Koh Tsu Koon by a majority of 3,000 votes. Koh is the most senior BN leader to have lost so far.
Sothinathan looks shaky in Teluk Kemang – 8.17pm
As it stands, reports from the ground indicates incumbent K Sothinathan is facing a tough fight against PKR’s Kamarul Baharin Abbas.
Meanwhile Port Dickson’s MIC candidate T Rajagopalu is also facing a tough fight against PKR’s M Ravi and independent Jeeva Kumar Marimuthu.
DAP reclaims Kota Melaka – 8.15pm
DAP has won Kota Melaka, a seat which the party lost in 2004.
Opposition closer to taking Penang – 8.20pm
Having unofficially won 17 of the 40 state seats in Penang, the opposition is currently leading in six other seats with a wide margin. They need to pick up just another four seats to take over government in the island state.
Blogger Jeff Ooi has big lead in Jelutong – 8.15pm
DAP’s Jeff Ooi is leading in the Jelutong parliamentary seat and the party is also leading in all three state seats in Jelutong – Datuk Keramat, Sungai Pinang and Batu Lanchang.
Teresa Kok retains Seputeh, wins Kinrara – 8.03pm
Incumbent MP for Seputeh Teresa Kok has retained her seat with a huge majority of 20,000 votes. She has also won Kinrara, a state seat under Puchong in Selangor.
Unofficial: Opposition on the way to take over Penang – 8.01pm
The combined DAP-PKR_PAS opposition is running hot in the state by winning 17 state seats and needing only another four to form the state government.
Voter turnout tops 70 percent – 7.58pm
At 7.30pm, voter turnout nationwide was reported at 70 percent, but the figure is expected to go up as more information comes in.
Election Commission head Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman.told a press conference in Putrajaya that turnout was highest in Kelantan and Putrajaya (81% each), followed by Terengganu and Perlis (79 percent), Selangor (74 percent) and Pahang (73 percent).
The lowest turnout was for the Federal Territory of Labuan at 59 percent. Generally, about 70-75 percent of voters come out to vote for each general election.
Unofficial: DAP’s Tan Seng Giaw retains Kepong- 7.54pm
The incumbent is leading in all 13 polling stations.
Kit Siang on the way to win Ipoh Timur – 7.51pm
DAP leader Lim Kit Siang has retained his Ipoh Timur parliamentary seat and his party is also leading in all three state seats – Canning, Tebing Tinggi and Pasir Pinji
Pasir Puteh Utara
PAS retains Kelantan: PAS president press sec – 7.50pm
According to Roslan Shahir Mohd Shahir, who is the press secretary of PAS president Hadi Awang, PAS has unofficially won 31 of the 45 state seats.
He said that PAS’ Nasharuddin Mat Isa has beaten Umno’s Awang Adek Husin in Bachok. Awang Adek, who is deputy finance minister, also lost in the state seat of Perupok, which is under Bachok.
Tian Chua leading in Batu – 7.43pm
PKR’s information chief Tian Chua in on the way to cause an upset in Batu by leading Gerakan’s Lim Si Pin by 7,089 votes
Unofficial – Tony Pua wins PJ Utara – 7.45pm
Tony Pua has helped DAP has reclaimed Petaling Jaya Utara.
Meanwhile, Janice Lee has won the state seat of Teratai, which is under the Pandan parliament seat.
Tony Pua increases lead – 7.40pm
In Petaling Jaya Utara, Tony Pua is now leading by 4,000 votes.
DAP also retained its Tanjung parliamentary seat in Penang as well as taking a large lead in all three state seats under that parliamentary seat.
Wee Choo Keong, standing under a PKR ticket, is leading in Wangsa Maju.
Victory parades banned, says police chief – 7.36pm
Police chief Musa Hassan has announced that all political parties are not allowed to hold victory parades after the results are announced. He said this is to prevent ‘untoward incidents’.
Nurul Izzah ahead in 3 out of 14 polling stations – 7.27pm
Nurul Izzah Anwar is leading at three out of 14 polling stations at the Lembah Pantai parliament seat.
Meanwhile, PKR’s Azmin Ali is leading in both the Gombak parliamentary seat and the Bukit Antarabangsa state seat.
ISA candidate Manoharan wins seat? – 7.20pm
Hindraf leader M Manoharan, who is being held under the Internal Security Act, is reported to have taken the Selangor state seat of Kota Alam Shah (unconfirmed).
DAP retains Kuching – 7.15pm
DAP’s Chong Chieng Jen has retained Kuching with an increased majority of 10,000 votes according to unofficial results. Chong won the seat in 2004 with a 2,000 majority.
Latest updates – 7.10pm
– Opposition parties are leading in all key seats in Penang
– Teresa Kok leading by 10,000 votes in Seputeh
– DAP leading both Petaling Jaya Utara state seats
– Edward Lee from DAP leading in Bukit Gasing
– In Sarawak, PKR leading in Limbong and DAP in Bandar Kuching.
– PKR’s Dr Xavier Jayakumar leading in all streams in Kota Raya state seat
– PKR’s Tian Chua leading in Batu by 3,743 votes.
PKR in unassailable lead in Bukit Tambun – 7.05pm
PKR’s Law Choo Kiang has taken an unassailable lead of 1,500 votes for the state seat of Bukit Tambun. This may be the first Penang seat to fall to opposition hands.
Early reports indicate DAP candidates are leading in many Penang state seats.
Poor turnout in opposition’s favour? – 6.55pm
A very poor turnout in Taiping, especially among the Malay voters, is expected to cause some problems for incumbent M Kayveas. Similarly poor voter turnout in Selangor’s Kapar and Klang, again among Malay voters, could benefit PKR and DAP in both seats.
Opposition takes lead in key hot seats – 6.47pm
Based on ground reports, DAP candidates are leading in the early stage of the count. Tony Pua is leading by 1,800 votes in Petaling Jaya Utara. Fong Kui Lun is similarly leading by 3,000 votes in Bukit Bintang. Hannah Yeoh is leading the Subang Jaya state seat.
In Klang, DAP’s Charles Santiago is also leading at this very early stage. PKR’s S Manikavasagam is also in the lead in neighbouring Kapar.