This issue is surely a collectors’ item… What a historic watershed general election it was – with stunning results! For the first time since 1969, the ruling coalition was denied its coveted two-thirds’ parliamentary majority. A salute to the ordinary people who made this possible. In our cover story, Khoo Boo Teik looks at how the people came together to collectively crack the BN’s supposedly shatter-proof hegemony. Analysing the transformed political landscape, he discusses some of the fresh challenges that lie ahead.
Probably the most-watched battle was the Sungai Siput contest in which Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj sensationally upset the MIC strongman Samy Vellu. Kumar’s sister, Prema Devaraj, provides an enthralling account of her involvement, alongside the people of Sg Siput, in this amazing campaign. Similarly, Agnes James took part in Sivarasa Rasiah’s campaign and found herself struck by the sheer diversity of Malaysians who were determined to help him win the Subang seat.
Can we dare to hope that the era of race-based politics is over with the emergence of voters thinking as Malaysians, wonders Tommy Thomas, in a wide-ranging analysis. Taking up this theme, Toh Kin Woon looks at the possibility of a two-coalition system emerging in the future that would involve more multiracial parties.
How did the BN suffer such a huge setback when it controlled the mainstream media? Clearly, it seriously underestimated the reach that the internet made possible, says Wong Kok Keong.
The Judiciary is still very much in the news in the aftermath of the general election. Mohd Ali presents the concluding part of his call to save the judiciary.
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