The opposition parties have done remarkably well. This election has been aptly termed as a ‘Political Tsunami’. The ramifications will be unfolding in coming days and will be momentous.
Oppositions have won 5 states, Kelantan, Kedah, Penang, Perak and Selangor. Tho federal ministers lost their seats, including the long-standing MIC Chief Sami Vellu. Outgoing Penang CM, Dr Koh Tsu Koon also lost to DAP candidate. DAP has done very well indeed. I am surprised by the scale of victories.
The Chinese and Indian have voiced their dissatisfactions with overwhelming votes to opposition. The Malays are also divided by their loyalty to BN , PKR and PAS. I believe a significant number of urban Malays have also voted against BN, and thus helped DAP to win votes.
It seems Lim Kit Siang’s son will be the Chief Minister for Penang, taking over Dr Koh Tsu Koon.
States of Selangor and Perak will have Menteri Besar from the Anwar’s Party, the PKR.
Can DAP actually work with PAS, in the running of government affairs. Will PAS be flexible enough to have views of women and non-Muslim be counted and treated as equal. Will UMNO be not persuaded to play racial politics to win back Malay votes ? Just too many questions to be answered. The genie is out of the bottle.
PENANG: Penang has fallen to the Opposition,
At 1am this morning, the state DAP and PKR announced at a joint press conference that DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, the new Bagan MP and Air Putih assemblyman, would lead the new state government.
The Opposition won 11 of Penang’s 13 parliamentary seats and 29 of 40 state seats.