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Email of the day: Malaysian election


Sam Roggeveen


11 March 2008 18:44

Responding to Malcolm Cook's Malaysian election analysis, Erin Maulday writes:

The result will undoubtedly send a huge wake up call to the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN), and to Prime Minister Abdullah personally. The recriminations have already started. Mahathir came straight out in the media and called for Abdullah's sacking. Abdullah has pressed on and formed a new government, but his days could well be numbered. Deputy PM Najib Razak, the heir apparent, would have to be encouraged at his growing leadership prospects.

However, at the national level, the BN still holds a handsome advantage, with over sixty percent of seats: more than enough to run the country. And while the strong opposition vote is a welcome development, much of their gains have probably come from protest votes rather than staunch opposition supporters. So nationally, if the BN gets its act together, it could well claw back much of its losses, especially if the opposition flounders or the new state governments perform badly. Exactly how are these new state governments going to govern? Aside from PAS in Kelantan, they have absolutely no experience. Their policy platforms to date have been modest to say the least. Now, it's time for them to start implementing their vision, however light it may be at present. Meanwhile, yesterday the stock market in Malaysia fell over ten percent.