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Monday, March 10, 2008

Stunned by democracy - Malaysians have spoken

Stunned is the only word to describe the results of the recent 12th General Elections. Five (5) states went to the (government labeled) 'Opposition' and this effectively denied the current National Front Party (BN) a two third majority. Instead, the BN can only form government with a simple majority.

The main task for the Opposition in the 12th GE was basically to deny BN the two third majority, which gives power to the ruling government to amend the constitution, something the BN government has done 40 times.

Five states, namely Penang, Selangor, Perak, Kedah and Kelantan. A worthy note must also be made of the fact the Opposition also took the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur. Yes, the capital of Malaysia is also under the Opposition.

The taking of the five states is a major setback for the ruling BN. Primarily because these states are economically some of the riches in the country. Plus, they are also well developed compared to other states in the country.

The lost of Selangor, especially, was a big surprise to BN. There were few indications that Selangor would fall to the Opposition but BN fail to take into account - Malaysian voters are smarter than they think. The surprise came when Malay voters swung to the Opposition. These voters are not simple people but rather intellectuals, who for years have been mentally insulted by the ruling BN. These are the voters who do not agree with the hypocrisy of BN. Promising to rid corruption yet practicing it within their own establishment. These are the voters who watch (in horror) as wealth is accumulated by a select few while the rest are left to beg for scraps. Yes, these are also the voters who have turned to alternative news sites because the BN controlled media has been rampantly lying to the people.

It was Tun Mahathir who summed up what I believe is the sentiment of the people. They don't necessarily support the Opposition, it is simplt because they are angry at BN.

So arrogant BN were humbled by the people they said would give them the two third majority.

Such is democracy, the people had their say.


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