9.3.08

12th malaysian ge 2008: shocker!

Are we in for a shocker? We surely are! I was up till 4.30 am this morning to get close to the election results which I am sure was a shocker to some, but not that surprising to probably half the population of Malaysia.

It's official, 5 states have gone to either PKR, DAP or PAS (you don't call them Opposition anymore okay, they are now the Government!); Kedah, Penang, Perak, Selangor, Kelantan. In Kedah, PAS is forming the new Government, as is in Kelantan. A coalition of 2 is expected to rule in Penang (DAP-PKR), with Lim Guan Eng to be named CM, and Selangor (PKR-PAS), with Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, the former boss of Guthrie and PNB is expected to be the new Menteri Besar. No news yet as to who will rule Perak, but the DAP holds the majority of seats there.

Meanwhile in Parliament, Barisan Nasional has failed to retain it two-third majority after winning 137 seats, compared to 82 gained by the trinity of PKR-DAP-PAS. PKR get the biggest share with 31 seats, DAP 28 and PAS 23. Traditional BN powerhouse Johor (25), Sabah (24) and Sarawak (29), contributed to nearly half the seats, which probably spared them from the blushes of further embarassment.

A lot of Barisan's heavyweights also fell in the election. Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu, lost his Sungai Siput seat, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil lost to Nurul Izzah Anwar in Lembah Pantai, Datuk Aziz Shamsuddin lost in Shah Alam, Datuk Zainuddin Maidin, Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon lost in his first parliamentary endeavour, Datuk M. Kayveas, and many others. To summarize, MIC (its President, Deputy and 2 Vices lost), Gerakan (Acting President lost) and PPP (President lost) were wiped out completely from the country's political map, while MCA were hanging in there, just...winning only 15 out of the 40 seats they contested.

Blogger, Jeff Ooi was also voted into Parliament on a DAP ticket when he won the Jelutong seat.

Congratulations to all the newly elected Wakil Rakyats.

More reports on the just concluded General Elections later on...responses and reactions, and what the impact is like to the country.

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