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Nov 29, 2008

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Deputy Education Minister Razali Ismail, 59, died today after collapsing while playing badminton at the teachers training college, Aminuddin Baki Institute, in Genting Highlands at about 6.30pm. He was at the college for a Terengganu Umno retreat. Due to his death, the by election will be held within 60 days for Kuala Terengganu parliamentary seat.

His body was subsquently brought to Hospital Bentong. The deputy minister left behind his wife, Nooraini Lob Yusoff, and five children.Razali, who was a two-term Kuala Terengganu parliamentarian for Umno, defeated PAS vice-president Mohamad Sabu and 89-year-old Maimun Yusuf in the March 8 general elections. He won with a slim majority of 628 by bagging 32,562 votes against Mohamad’s 31,934 and Maimun’s 685.

Malaysian still can feel the heat of March 8 General Election and Permatang Pauh by-election which generated 'Tsunami' in local political arena. March 8 indicated the break of BN's 2/3 domination in parliament and lost of 5 states to opposition while Permatang Pauh brought Opposition stalwart Anwar Ibrahim back to the parliament after decade of absent. Next Kuala Terengganu will be the Barisan Nasional's most important test ground whether they are still relevant enough and acceptable by the people of Malaysian.

Barisan Nasional, the incumbent of the Kuala Terengganu will strive hard to defend and protect the seat from the Pakatan Rakyat. As we know, BN are loosing their popularity among Malaysian. After Kelantan, Penang, Kedah, Selangor and Perak, now the spotlights is on Sarawak and few other states. Thousands of people in Sarawak had joint PKR recently. I wont surprise if Pakatan Rakyat able to form a new government right after next general election.

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