A WEAK AND UNPOPULAR GOVERNMENT: BN has less 300,000 popular votes and 28 seats they won are less than 2,000 majorities.
1. 11.9 million Malaysians have decided. Ironically, despite of repeated mantra of ‘suara rakyat suara keramat’ (people’s voice are sacred), several politicians are not respecting people’s choice.
2. Some people downplayed the voting pattern that is racially polarised by suggesting the outcome of the election was the manifestation of Malaysia tsunami. Some say it was an urban tsunami.
3. However the fact remains that a Malay-based ruling party and a Chinese-dominated opposition party have improve their performance tremendously in this election. Both have gained between 10-11 seats each in parliament.
4. How do you explain UMNO which contesting in Malay majority seats fared better against PAS and PKR while DAP trashed out MCA and Gerakan in Chinese majority seats? This happened both in urban and rural areas.
5. Undeniably there were Malays, Indians, Sabahans and Sarawakians who voted for opposition. But they were an overwhelming support for Pakatan among Chinese voters. Unlike Malay, the Chinese move almost as a single political bloc where out of 10 chinese, nine voted for Pakatan candidates.
6. If the statement of Chinese tsunami considered as racist, then the majority of the Malay voters are equally racist for voting for BN. It was the Malay Tsunami that denied Pakatan’s chance to form federal government. As much as the Chinese overwhelmingly backed Pakatan, more Malays backed Barisan.
7. Therefore, it was not a Malaysia tsunami simply because both Barisan and Pakatan hasn’t command the overwhelming support from all races.
8. It may be considered as Urban Tsunami. But one should remember the bulk of Chinese-majority seats are located in urban areas. Moreover, urban malay-majority seats like Kangar, Johor Bharu, Putrajaya, Labuan, Setiawangsa and Titiwangsa won by BN.
9. Whatever, the term doesn’t matter. The Chinese clearly rejecting BN’s candidate irrespective of races. The Chinese are not against the Malays as some race extremists pointed out. What they reject is the concept of ‘kongsi’ or power sharing espoused by BN where each races must give and take. They believe a vote for PR means a vote for meritocracy in everything where the winner takes all and the devil takes the hindmost.
10. Admittedly the government of the day is very much a weaker government. Though legitimate, it is very unpopular government. Not only BN has less 300,000 popular votes but 28 seats they won are less than 2,000 majorities. 0.2% swing vote from these areas will see the down fall of BN. And don’t forget defection is allowed in Malaysia democracy.
11. In western countries, 13 is considered as a bad luck number. Coincident or not, it was a disaster performance for BN in this GE 13. Well, let’s hope in upcoming GE 14, BN is still alive because according to the Chinese, 14 is a bad number because it is nearly homophonous to the word ‘death’.
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