Maimun Yusuf (Tok Mun) of Kuala Terengganu, who, at 89, was the oldest candidate in the 12th general elections in 2008. In that elections, she stood as an independent parliamentary candidate, pitting herself against political heavyweights Datuk Razali Ismail (Barisan Nasional) and Mohamad Sabu (PAS). Both these guys ended up getting more than 30,000 votes, while she received a mere 685, and lost her RM30,000 deposit, for which she used up her life savings.
A selection of notable election results in Malaysia’s history. Any comments / additions / suggestions most welcome.
In 1990, Edmund Otigil (Independent) received 6 votes in Tambunan. He contested against then chief minister, Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan (PBS) who polled 5,516 votes.
In 1994, Jiniun Jimin (Independent) received 4 votes in Tenom. The seat was won by Datuk Kadoh Agundong (PBS) who polled 3,498 votes.
In 2008, Mohd Sayadi Bakal, 30 (Independent) was recorded as having received 0 votes in Senallang, probably for withdrawing after the deadline. The seat was won by Datuk Nasir Tun Sakaran who received 6,083 votes.
Parliamentary elections: higher deposit, bigger electorate than state seats
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Tun Datu Haji Mustapha bin Datu Harun (31st July 1918 – 2nd January 1995), popularly referred to as Tun Mustapha, became the first governor (head of state / Tuan Yang Terutama) of Sabah in 1963, at the age of 45.
7th century: Nestorian Missionaries attempt to reach Borneo, but only managed to land in Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. It should be noted that Nestorianism was a fifth-century Christian heresy that said “there were two distinct persons in the Incarnate Christ, one human and the other divine, as against the orthodox teaching that Christ was a divine person who assumed a human nature.” Nestorianism was condemned by the ecumenical Council of Ephesus in 431, meaning it wasn’t orthodox Catholicism when the missionaries attempted to reach these shores.
All we can see now is just the sealed blue envelope, kept at the National Archives of Australia, record series B5535, entitled: “G. Bennett – Sabah Air Nomad – Report by Government Aircraft Factories (GAF) investigation team on a crash of Nomad aircraft in Malaysia 9M – ATZ on 6 June 1976.”
A few years ago I had an unforgettable meal at KFC Kampung Air, Kota Kinabalu City. While eating inside the packed premises, suddenly the whole place smelt of glue, because someone who’s clearly a glue addict suddenly poked his head around the door, gave a maniacal laugh, walked inside, proceeded to the counter, and had the following exchange with staff:
Addict: [maniacal laugh] bagi saya Cola [or was it Pepsi]!
KFC Staff: [as if it's the most natural thing on earth, nonchalantly gives a medium sized-cup]
Addict: [turns around, walks a few steps (of course didn't pay), then turns back] Oi, tidak sedap ini!
KFC Staff: [takes back cup, pretends to "do something with it", then gives it back]
Addict: [turns around, and shouts to all patrons] JANGAN BUAT MACAM SAYA, JANGAN HISAP GAM!! [then walked out, can I say in true drug rehab los angeles style? :-)].
The story didn’t end there. He proceeded to loiter outside, then chose to sit down under a board displaying a 4D outlet’s latest results. Whenever somebody stops by to look at the board, he’d suddenly shout: “OI! Kena nombor kah???”, usually resulting in the startled punter scampering off.
Here’s a vintage lithograph of Mount Kinabalu published in 1862 entitled “Kina Balu from Pinokok Valley”.
It was done by Thomas Picken.
It can be found in the travel journal by Sir Spencer St. John (1825-1910) entitled “Life in the Forests of the Far East, Vol 1″ (1863).
He was the Private Secretary to Rajah Sir James Brooke, and later became British Consul at Labuan. In all, he spent 13 years in Borneo.
He climbed Mount Kinabalu twice with none other than Hugh Low himself. In fact, one of the peaks of the mountain (St. John’s Peak) is named in his honour.
There was a power interruption in Likas which started around 4.15 in the afternoon. By 6 something I was feeling a little concerned, so I called Sabah Electricity Sendirian Berhad’s (SESB) hotline number, or what I thought it was: 15454. The lady said need to call 088-282249. When I called that number, another lady said need to call 088-515000. The guy at the other end said there’s a problem (fire?) at a substation (?) near Giant Kolombong, and power “should be up soon”.
While waiting for the power to be back, I watched the screen on crimson mounts, and pondered that it would’ve been prudent for SESB to have a One Stop phone line, i.e. no need to pass me around. And they should’ve also put up information on outages lasting longer than 2 hours at their website or FB page (both none).
By 6.30pm it became apparent that there’s something wrong with our building’s electricity supply – ours was the only building in the neighbourhood without power. I called SESB again immediately – at that time I wasn’t sure if it was our substation or the building itself having issues.
To SESB’s credit, they came back to me within the hour, and power was restored by 7.30pm.
While waiting for them, I had time to do 3km run around the stadium’s lake before dashing back to doublecheck on the Yellow Monster, which is my term of endearment for the generator.
When I finally reached home at 8.30pm, I had to dash out again to purchase my daughter’s stationeries.
Dinner and shower was definitely later than normal that day.