The by-election in 1979, also during Ramadan, saw Datuk Wan Zakaria Wan Abdul Rahman of the BN beat Husin Jusoh of PAS by 797 votes. It was called after assemblyman Zakaria Muda died, also on June 26 in 1979.
Dr Rahman had won the seat in the general election on May 5 by beating Napisah Ismail of PAS by 2,434 votes.
The Kuala Besut state constituency has 17,683 voters, of which the Malays make up 17,463; Chinese, 125; and others, the rest.
The BN is using the slogan 'Kuala Besut bertambah Biru' to press for a bigger victory for the coalition while PAS intends to create a "16-16" stalemate.
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