PETALING JAYA: A total of 13 elected representatives have died since the last general election in May 2013.
Of the 13, five of them were Members of Parliament (MP) while the other eight were state assemblymen.
On Friday, Sabah state assemblyman for Tungku Datuk Mohd Suhaili Said died of liver cancer at the Gleneagles Hospital in Ampang.
In January, Selangor state assemblyman for Sungai Air Tawar, Kamarol Zaki Abdul Malik passed away at his residence.
In May last year, two Barisan Nasional MPs – Sungai Besar MP Tan Sri Noriah Kasnon and Kuala Kangsar MP Datuk Wan Mohammad Khairil Anuar Wan Ahmad – died in a helicopter crash in Sarawak, along with four other victims.
In April 2015, Rompin MP Tan Sri Jamaluddin Jarjis and five other victims also died when the helicopter they were in crash in a Semenyih rubber estate.
Former Kelantan mentri besar and PAS spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Nik Mat, who held the Pengkalan Chepa seat, died in February 2015, while Pengkalan Kubor assemblyman Noor Zahidi Omar died of liver cancer in August 2014.
DAP MPs Karpal Singh (Bukit Gelugor) and Seah Leong Peng (Teluk Intan) died within two weeks of one another in 2014.
In September 2013, Sungai Limau assemblyman Tan Sri Azizan Abdul Razak, who was also a former Kedah mentri besar, passed away due to ill health.
The first elected representative to pass away after the 2013 general election was Kuala Besut assemblyman Dr A. Rahman Mokhtar in June that year.
Former Sarawak chief minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem also passed away in January this year. He won the Tanjong Datu seat in May 2016 state elections.
Bukit Assek assemblyman Wong Ho Leng also passed away in June 2014, but no by-election was held.
In total, there have been 10 by-elections held due to deaths of elected representatives since May 2013.
A total of 727 elected representatives were voted in the general elections, with some holding both parliamentary and state seats.
There were 505 seats from the 12 state assemblies, and another 222 for Parliament. All states except Sarawak held their elections in May 2013.
Three seats did not hold by-elections as the vacancies arose less than two years before the expiry of the five-year mandate. – Star