Opposition parties seeking to take over the reins of government in Malaysia will have to contend with a daunting obstacle course that could make Frodo’s journey with the ring (in Lord of the Rings) look like child’s play.
It is going to be a bumpy ride; and the odds are stacked against PKR, Amanah, Bersatu, DAP, Warisan and PSM – which will have to contend with seven critical challenges.
1. Lopsided redrawing of constituency boundaries
The heavily skewed redrawing of constituency boundaries has aggravated the already terrible malapportionment and gerrymandering in the system. Just imagine, the average size of a BN parliamentary seat is 48,000 voters while for the opposition it is 79,000. This also shows us how heavily the seats are weighted in favour of the BN.
2. More postal voters
The expansion of postal votes – for no good reason – will add another serious obstacle, given that in the past, an overwhelmingly majority of postal voters (believed to be over 95%) have gone to the BN.