Sunday, March 9, 2008

Malaysia is in shock

Malaysians have made their choice! Though Barisan Nasional (BN) will form the next government winning more than half of the Parliamentary seats and the federal territory, five states have been won by the Opposition making this election the worst ever election performance for BN.

The five states won by the Opposition are Kedah, Penang, Perak, Selangor and Kelantan. The Opposition parties are DAP, PKR and PAS.

The State of Parliament thus stands at:

..BN = 136
..Opposition = 80 (PKR = 29; DAP = 28; PAS = 23)

Among the results yesterday were:

- The Barisan lost Kedah, Penang, Perak and Selangor,

- PAS strengthened grip on Kelantan,

- Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting won in their seats,

- Among ministers who lost their seats were Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, Datuk Seri Zainuddin Maidin,

- Gerakan acting president Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon lost to Dr P. Ramasamy in the Batu Kawan parliamentary seat.

Meanwhile, party leaders urged for calm and police have banned all victory celebrations.

Here's a video clip of the PM's post-election press conference

Read more..BN wins federal govt but opposition takes five states


  1. Maybe I am just too far away to appreciate, but why exactly is Malaysia in shock? BN 'expects' blue skies and everything nice? Oh well.. let's see what happens in 4 months' time..

  2. Until now I am still not clear how BN did so poorly. One may be tempted to think that urban, middle-class voters in KL, Selangor and Penang hate the corrupted politicians, and they got the oppositions' message from the Web. But how about rural voters in Kedah and Perak who are offline?

  3. I think BN did not expect such an upheaval. To lose five states is rather traumatic and a very close call in one of the states. The real effect of the change can only be seen in time but right now, there have been some slight changes happening in the northern states. The Star has some articles.

    Btw, your state is now in the hands of the Opposition. Phew! Lormaikai is still available. lol

  4. KS, there must have been a lot of campaigning in the kampong. Anyway, Perak is pretty developed.