It’s a tight race, say bookmakers

(NST) – The Kuala Terengganu by-election on Jan 17 is too close to call — at least from the perspective of local bookmakers.

Both BN candidate Datuk Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Salleh and Pas contender Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut are given an equal chance of winning the contest.

Independent Azharuddin Mamat Adam has, however, been written off.

A local bookie, who only wanted to be known as Tee, said it was 'even money' on the outcome.

Although betting on elections is an offence, many illegal bookies take bets.

Tee, however, believes BN should become a slight favourite closer to polling day.

He said Pas was a popular choice immediately after the seat fell vacant, when Datuk Razali Ismail died.

"But the BN's efforts are beginning to affect sentiments."

Tee admitted that bookies are the sure winners in an evenly contested by-election, reaping from commissions.

As for the independent Azharuddin, Tee said the bet was whether he could get 100 votes.