What are a few of the reasons for the BN, or should we say Umno, winning seven of the last eight by-elections?
Here’s something I wrote for Asia Times:
Umno bounces back in Malaysia
By Anil Netto
PENANG – The political tide that earlier rolled against Malaysia’s ruling United Malays Nasional Organisation (Umno)-led coalition appears to have turned again in its favor, raising the prospects for possible early polls.
The latest indication of the shift: two by-election wins by comfortable majorities over the weekend in two state assembly constituencies. The wins levelled the by-election tally at eight each for the Barisan Nasional (National Front) coalition and opposition Pakatan Rakyat (People’s Alliance) since the Anwar Ibrahim-led opposition made significant gains in the March 2008 general elections.
However, the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition has recently been on a roll, winning seven of the last eight by-elections held since October 2009. The next big test will come at the Sarawak state elections, where the state assembly’s term ends in July but polls are widely tipped to be held in April. Together with neighbouring Sabah, the two states account for a quarter of the seats in the federal parliament.
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