Former Malaysia prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, lost his seat in the Malaysian parliament in the recent General Election, which is the first time the 97-year-old has lost an election in 53 years.
Mahathir failed to retain his seat in the constituency of Langkawi after voting ended on 19 November for Malaysia’s 15th General Election.
This effectively means that he will not be part of Malaysia’s next parliament, and could also mean an end to his political career.
Perhaps more tellingly was the way he lost his seat, finishing 4th in the 5-way race and garnering a mere 4,566 votes (9.6% of the total votes).
In contrast, Mohd Suhaimi Abdullah from the Perikatan Nasional took 53.6% of the votes.
The humiliating defeat for Mahathir doesn’t end there, as his disappointing poll results mean that he also loses his election deposit.
This is because only candidates with more than 12.5% of their vote share can get their deposit back.