Monday, March 10, 2008

Malaysia 2008 Election: A brave new world for people's power.



Briefly, i would like to congratulate this three component Barisan Rakyat for an excellent win taking over some states in Malaysia from Barisan Nasional. Now, they're not an opposition for those states that they won. They have to start walking the talk as they promised to the people who voted them. I will not write about the result of the election as it can be found by google search or local news web.

The most interesting event of this election is the fall down of Samy Vellu. He is the hardest bull to be taken down and survive many attempts to topple him and at last an unknown candidate Dr Michael Jeyakumar from Parti Keadilan Rakyat. This old bull sure is a hell hard bull to be topple even by his own people in MIC and this event really sure a listed at the top of most exciting event on Malaysia 2008 Election.

We saw few key ministers who lost their parliamentary seat such as Sharizat at Lembah Pantai and Koh Tsu Koon who is the sadly lost his new contest in parliamentary seats. I always doubted in the beginning of the decision by the PM Abdullah Badawi to transfer him from holding a state portfolio to federal portfolio. With the retirement of Lim Keng Yek, former president of Gerakan Party, I do understand why he has to move to there. The problem is with the huge support to DAP, I think it is a political disaster for BN with Gerakan being pulled into its most major offset in their existence history.

UMNO dreamed for long time to take the Chief Minister post from Gerakan. It was mentioned many times during the UMNO General Assembly. The arguments are Chief Minister Post should be given to the most seats in component party and it is UMNO. As the races demographic in Penang i believe was surgically change in the worst way, the attempt to put Malay as majority race in Penang and win the Chief Minister Post is a one way ticket to defeat. PKR is fully responsible to pulled all the Malay votes from UMNO. The result is, DAP, PKR and PAS was able to get a good majority in Penang and to create a government for next 5 years.

The huge defeat of Barisan Nasional in Parliamentary and State election had shown us that most of the people especially the Indian, Chinese and Malay wants changes. The genius campaign propaganda plagiarized from Obama's presidential candidacy does really work. I'm sure that Obama will find it pleasant to know that his change campaign if it is not work in America, work in Malaysia at least. The changes attitude from the people of Malaysia does really get it from the America election. The frequent update from international news channel such as CNN, BBC and Al Jazera on America election does really influence and change the mind set of people around the world. The first we can see is in Malaysia.

In next five weeks, i expected to see some problem with the Barisan Nasional internal affairs and Barisan Rakyat coalition component. UNMO is the one to get the hardest hit with Abdullah Badawi struggling to retain his Presidency in UMNO and to be Prime Minister Malaysia. There are some parties in UMNO showing sign of disappointment of his leadership and the most outspoken is the former president Dr Mahathir. The Mahathir factor will be a big thing in UMNO since now Abdullah Badawi in a very weak situation of his power. I have some insight of why might be happening but choose to wait and see so that I would not ended up in some jail for spreading rumors.

Last, i would like to see the new state government can work as one with one vision. This will be a hardest thing to do because of the social contract that was implemented since the independent. Everyone want to have a piece of the big cake and the never ending lobbyist and corruption on the Barisan Nasional will now focusing to buy out some of the DAP and PKR representative as well. The challenge is now begin. As I type this word in my post, I sense the new Member of Parliament will received an offering call to be their guardian angel in any kind of clean and dirty work.

3 comments:

lynnx01 said...

What can I say? Politics remain a dirty world to me. Buy here buy there. Sigh..

That aside, I am impressed with the elections this time as well. It is good to see the long-supposed-to-be-overdue people lose out. They are expired!

Jefferi said...

yes.. true..

Sean E said...

If you want to have a better future for our children in Malaysia, do you part by signing the on-line petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/RCER2008/petition.html

This is one of the way (non-violence) to bring our message to the Government. Don’t just sit there, stand up and be counted!

Why do we need to reform the Election Commission?

1) Gerrymandering. The discrepancy between number of voters in voting areas is too great. The smallest parliamentary seat (Federal Territory, Putrajaya) has only 6,608 voters while the parliamentary seat for Kapar in Selangor has 112,224 voters. What this means is that one vote in the Putrajaya parliamentary constituency is equivalent to 17 votes in the Kapar constituency.

2) Phantom voters. A common tactic is to ‘buy’ the identity card of the voters. Party members from the ruling parties will then vote on the voters’ behalf. Random checking of a person’s identity must be conducted using those finger print checking device (like the bank use). Any voting done on another person’s identity must be made a serious offence under the election law.

3) Postal votes. The rules on postal voting must be reviewed, tightened and amended. The current rule favours the ruling party as the armed forces personnel and policemen who vote by ‘postal voting’ would obviously not jeopardize their career or promotion prospect by voting for the opposition. Voting under postal voting is not secret as it is under the watchful eyes of the senior officers.

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