Monday, March 10, 2008

Aftermath : Malaysia General Elections 2008

Well, its over and done!

Out of 222 Parliamentary Seats, majority went to Barisan Nasional with 140 seats and 82 seats went to the Opposition otherwise known as the Barisan Alternatif.

It is then expected to see some unlawful actions to happen. As we all know, it was a shocking win for the BA(Barisan Alternatif).

This is BN's biggest and worst defeat ever since Malaysia gain her independence. It was worse than the 1969 then Malaya General Election. This was the year that the May 13th incident happened, which also started the racial issues then.

This was also the 1st time the BN's was denied of their 2/3rd majority. I guess this time, the rakyat(people) are fed up of the previous federal government and they want someone to speak up for them. This would not have happened if they had properly managed our country since the last General Election in 2004. Well, it is time to CHANGE!

There were a few shocking defeats. Among them, Dato Sharizat, the incumbent MP for Lembah Pantai. She lost her precious seat to Nurul Izzah, daughter of Anwar Ibrahim.

Some say, it was because of her father backing her. I say simply, the people had enough! They need someone to speak and definitely, Anwar can do a better job here. At least he does not have to be afraid of what he is going to say as he only has to please the people and not the people above him.

Next up was none other than Datuk Seri Samy Vellu, also an incumbent in Sungai Siput. He lost his seat to Dr Jeyakumar of PKR.

This would also be the same case of voicing out but there's also another factor to this. We all know HINDRAF. Hopefully, the newly elected Indian MPs will be able to stand for the Indian community in Malaysia. With this, he will also loose his Works Minister post. All I have to say is, enough is enough Datuk Seri. You also have had enough I suppose.

Next up, we have Tan Sri Dr. Koh Tsu Koon, the ex-Chief Minister of Penang.

He gave up his CM post not long ago, to try to go up to the parliment as he now wants to be in the federal government instead of the Penang state government. Unfortunately, he was shown the exit by Dr P. Ramasamy of PKR. Besides, the component party he was heading also suffered a loud shock when they lost all the seat they contested. Its Gerakan we are talking about. He was the acting party president and now he has offered to step down that post of his.

There were a few others, here's the list obtained from MalaysiaKini.

Biggest blows

The losses in BN component parties will result in vacancies in various
ministries, forcing a cabinet reshuffle.

  • S Samy Vellu (Works Ministry)
  • Shahrizat Abdul Jalil (Women, Family and Community Development
  • Zainuddin Maidin (Information Ministry)
  • Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin (Rural and Territory Development Ministry)
Deputy ministers
  • Chia Kwang Chye (Information Ministry)
  • G Palanivel (Women, Family and Community Development)
  • Tan Chai Ho (Home Ministry)
  • V Veerasingam (Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry)
  • S Sothinathan (Natural Resources and Environment Ministry)
  • Donald Lim (Tourism Ministry)
  • Fu Ah Kiow (Internal Security Ministry)
  • M Kayveas (Prime Minister’s Department)
Parliamentary secretaries
  • Chew Mei Fun (Women, Family and Community Development Ministry)
  • P Komala Devi (Education Ministry)
  • Lee Kah Choon (Health Ministry)
  • Ng Lip Yong (Plantation Industries and Commodities Ministry)
  • S Vigneswaran (Youth and Sports Ministry)
  • Rahman Ibrahim (Home Ministry)
  • Dr Mohd Ruddin Ab Ghani (Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry)
  • Yew Teong Look (Federal Territories Ministry)

The full team from the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry all
lost in the polls.All top MIC leaders were wiped out - president, deputy
presidents, two vice-presidents, women's chief and youth chief (one of the three
vice-presidents, KS Nijar, did not contest).


Anonymous said...

I am sure those who are not voted in should learn from their mistakes!

wEtwEtwAtEr said...

Yea! Its time to do some "soul-searching" like what Sharizat said in Malaysiakini.

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