Pakatan on a roll


Here’s something I wrote for Asia Times after the Penanti by-election:

Malaysia’s opposition alliance has chalked up its fifth by-election win out of six since a general election last year.

This time, the ruling Barisan Nasional (National Front – BN) coalition did not put up a candidate, perhaps fearing that another by-election defeat would be demoralizing. That left the coast clear for the Pakatan Rakyat (People’s Alliance) to brush aside three independent candidates on Sunday.

The by-election in Penanti on mainland Penang, one of four states ruled by Pakatan after a fifth was wrested back by the BN, was also crucial for another reason. The victorious candidate, Mansor Othman, of the People’s Justice Party (PKR), one of three parties in Pakatan, will now assume the position of Penang deputy chief minister following the recent resignation of the incumbent. Mansor clinched 87% of the votes for a 5,558 majority, more than doubling the PKR’s majority in the general election. Full article here.

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manik batsha
4 Jun 2009 11.24am

Mr Anil your are the great blogger keep it up your work more effective. look forward more new message from you.

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Andrew I
4 Jun 2009 9.54am

The BN will have its work cut out if it is not to lose its sixth by-election.

I don’t think they themselves have a clue about how to stop this snowball. The tried and tested methods of yesteryear are becoming redundant. The carpet can no longer hide all that has been swept under it. More accountability means shooting yourself in the foot.

What else is left?

4 Jun 2009 9.49am

Dear Anil

send strong message to Pakatan Rakyat, time is getting closer for us to vote for “CHANGE TO BETTER” its time for PR to form a shadow government and sell us what medicine they have to cure all malaysian not 1malaysian, malaysians are getting very sick day by day

4 Jun 2009 9.45am

Even the ‘Roofs’ of UMNO regime have caved in on them!
This must be one of the sure signs from the Maker, you cannot continue to rule with lies and evil means….

4 Jun 2009 5.56am

Yahoo.. keep it up!!

4 Jun 2009 12.32am

Kudos to Pakatan.
However let us not get too swollen headed.
Things may not be the same if an election were to be held in Pahang. Johore or Malacca.
Still a lot of work to be done people.