Barisan Nasional today wrest power in Hulu Selangor when its candidate P Kamalanathan defeats giant Zaid Ibrahim of the Pakatan Rakyat in a parliamentary by-election.
'Kamal' of MIC polls 24,997 to 23,272 of Zaid from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). Majority is 1,725 votes.
Two days to polling, I sent a text message to Zahid Hamidi's political-secretary Shahrul that BN would win by a majority of around 1,800 votes. Immediately after the result was announced, he SMS me, saying: "Tahniah, bro... u are right."
A total of 48,935 out of 63,701 voters cast their votes (75.87 per cent) compared with 47,622 or 75.24 per cent in 2008 general election.
The by-election was called after the death of PKR MP Datuk Dr Zainal Abidin Ahmad last month.