Where is the P014 N25 state seat Bukit Selambau? What do the maps look like? How many postal and non-postal voters are there now? How have voters there voted?
Foothill rubber plantations
Bukit Selambau (N25 ) is one of two state assembly seats under the Merbok parliamentary seat (P014) in southern Kedah. Bukit Selambau is located east of the coastal highway No.1, and east of the old rail road and two golf courses. It is is northeast of Sungai Petani, hence has a couple of industrial areas to its south. See Wikimapia.org map of highways.
Bukit Selambau is centered on a low hill east of Gunung Jerai and west of middle-section of Sungai Muda (where it runs north-south), which itself skirts the west of the Malaysian-Thai border mountain range.
Bukit Selambau's slopes and proximity to railroad and its northwest-peninsula's drier seasons historically made it a rubber plantation area with large ethnic Indian descendant population of rubber plantation labourer. This background is reflected in many locality names, and the non-specific voter addresses without house numbers, an issue we will discuss in later blog entries. See WikiMapia.org satellite + highway map hybrid.
The two maps on the right show the state assembly and parliamentary seats in Kedah state. Source is http://undi.info.
Table A below shows that:
Table A: P014 Merbok N25 Bukit Selambau 200902 By-Election
Parl/DUN NamaDUN DM count TM count Saluran count Voter count 014/25/01 Bukit Selambau 22 22 64 35,125 Total Count 1 22 22 64 35,125 non-postal voters 15 postal voters Total including postal voters 35,140 Total
To view voting history, candidate names, and racial breakdown, please see Undi.info at:
Table B: Voting History in P014's N27 Bukit Selambu
2008 KEDAH: N25 - Bukit Selambau Voters: 34,977 Party Candidate Votes Majority MIC S Krishnan 10863 IND V Arumugam 13225 2,362 Racial Breakdown Malay: 50.20%, Chinese: 19.30%, Indian: 29.50%, Others: 1.00% 2004 KEDAH: N25 - Bukit Selambau Voters: 30,322 Party Candidate Votes Majority MIC Datuk V Saravanan 14196 7,695 PKR Mustafa Khalid Hanafi 6501 DAP G Ghanagaru a/l Ganisan 2120 Racial Breakdown Malay: 48.3%, Chinese: 22.0%, Indian: 28.8%, Others: 0.8% State Seats / Polling Districts Kuala Sin, Kampong Sungkap, Bukit Lembu, Kongsi Enam, Sungai Lallang Luar, Sungai Lallang Utara, Bandar Laguna Merbok, Tasek Apong, Ayer Menideh, Jalan Badlishah, Taman Peruda, Taman Ria, Taman Ria Jaya, United Petani, Petani Para, Bukit Rusa, Pekan Bukit Selambau, Kampong Pokok Machang, Batu Belachan, Titi Panjang,