Sunday, March 09, 2008

Latest : BN suffers losses....

The BN ruling coalition in Malaysia has suffered its biggest election upset in 4 decades. It has lost its two thirds majority in parliament and the states of Penang, Kelantan, Kedah, Kelantan and Perak.

"The coalition's election losses underscore not only anger over racial inequities but frustration among all Malaysians over rising prices, corruption and crime. While the National Front was expected to keep its parliamentary majority, the opposition was expected to gain seats" - AP report
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The MIC (Malaysian Indian Congress) has announced that it is quitting from the coalition after the defeat of its chief Samy Vellu. There is mounting resentment against its race based policies and MIC was seen as supporting these policies as part of the BN coalition.
Blogger Jeff Ooi of the opposition DAP has won a Penang seat in the elections.....it is believed that one of the reasons BN lost so much ground despite the support of the Malaysian media is the use of cyberspace by the opposition to air its alternative views.
Time for me to go to sleep, you will get plenty of updates in the Straits Times on the Malaysian elections.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

What's the significance of the Malaysian election again? I can understand the attention paid to the US election, but why would I care what happen in Malaysia?

LuckySingaporean said...

Because it is our nearest neighbor?

Anonymous said...

And may be because there is always nothing to cheer about after every elections in Singapore.

Might as well be happy for the opposition and people in M'sia and also hope that the political trend there would be contagious.

Anonymous said...

I think the ramnifications are many...not just that the ruling party in Spore must make changes if it is to avoid the same reaction from voters in the next GE ( e.g.... the voting biased upgrading programme for public housing is not dissimilar to the affirmative bumi policy in Malaysia ) but also because although negative in the ST and may make foreign investors nervous in view of heightened tension and political instability as opposition coalition state governments vy with BN federal govts for funds etc is positive in the LT especially if BN reforms its patronage system and cleans up its corruption and inefficiencies. In such a case, Spore will no longer benefit from flow of talent and funds and Malaysia will also be a more serious contender as an alternative place to invest/emigrate to. The inroads by the opposition parties should encourage those here to more diligently attract and recruit qualified and racially diversified potential candidates to gear up for the next GE so as to get around the GRC handicap which will surely be retained in the guise of affording wider electoral representation but is no more than a ploy to keep the opposion at bay.

Anonymous said...

I agree with anon 12.24. If Malaysia gets it right and make use of the really talented people ie dismantling the racially based policies, Singapore will ultimately loose out. With that kind of scenario, UNMO will no longer be the dominant party because without the NEP, it does not really have a big hold on the Malay ground.

Anonymous said...

The MIC component was well trounced - the Indian leaders filled their pockets and helped their cronies but neglected their own 'parishioners'. So they deserved what they got.

The Chinese made their point in Penang.

We in Singapore have GRCs and gerrymandering. We also face imminent threats such as from one solitary escapee and whatever the political machinery might dream up between now and the next Gen Elections.

Never mind external threats, we are also our own worst enemies. We spar with each other in blogs and are too apathetic to oppose ever-increasing government salaries, state imposed raises in costs (ERP, GST, etc) and ill-conceived schemes (en bloc).

Hoping change for the better will happen without getting out of our own comfort zones is about as naive as believing in Santa Claus.

unluckymalaysian said...

I shudder to think of the catastrophic impact this "freak" election result have on MSIA's economy. The FDIs will be scared off for sure.

Thank goodness such things don't happen in Singapore.

Anonymous said...

Having a significant opposition is political instability? How true. Just look at USA. Lets become monarchy .. oh wait ...

Seriously "beggar-thy-neighbour" is so last century. Just like the gold standard. Wealth is about circulation of money, ideas and assets. As PM Lee says, lets have a bigger economic pie instead of relying on hong baos(from our neighbours).

NoName