Galas state assemblyman Che Hashim Sulaima died today of colon cancer, triggering the country’s 12th by-election. He was 48. Gua Musang PAS vice-chief Hussin Embong told The Malaysian Insider that Che Hashim died at 4.25pm.
The Kelantan Speaker will have to inform the Election Commission which will then call for a by-election within 60 days. Che Hashim had been suffering from colon cancer for more than a year and was admitted to Kampung Baru Medical Centre here last week.
The one-term assemblyman had been diagnosed with cancer in 2009, when he underwent a medical check-up at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur. The PAS lawmaker had been receiving treatment at specialist hospitals in Kota Baru and Guangzhou, China since then.
Che Hashim captured the Galas state seat from Barisan Nasional (BN) by a majority of 646 votes in Election 2008. He received 4,399 votes, defeating incumbent Saufi Deraman. In the 2008 general election, PAS was able to capture 38 of the 45 state seats in Kelantan while BN won six and PKR managed only one.
The Galas seat is under Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s parliamentary constituency of Gua Musang. The Malays make up 65.81 per cent of the more than 10,000 voters in the state constituency, the Chinese 22.03 per cent, Indians 1.81 per cent, while other races are at 10.32 per cent.
(Anggota Dewan Undangan Negeri(Adun) Galas, Che Hashim Sulaima meninggal dunia pada jam 4.30 petang hari ini di Hospital Al-Islam, di sini, kata Setiausaha Perhubungan PAS Kelantan, Mohd Zaki Ibrahim.
Beliau meninggal dunia pada usia 48 tahun akibat dari lama menanggung derita melawan kanser tekak yang dihidapinya dan sejak setahun yang lalu beliau sudah dimasukkan ke hospital dan keadaan beliau dilaporkan tidak stabil sejak itu.
Dengan pemergian beliau ke rahmatullah, Speaker Kelantan akan beritahu kepada Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya (SPR) bahawa kerusi itu kosong dan mengesyorkan SPR supaya memanggil pilihan raya kecil bagi kawasan tersebut dalam masa 60 hari.)
Chek Hashim Sulaiman(PAS) - 4399
Mohd.Saufi Deraman(BN) - 3753
Turnout - 8323
Spoilt - 171
Majority - 646
Total Voters - 10330
Moga Allah mencucuri rahamat ke atas rohnya.