What happened? What now? – Aliran Monthly 33: 4 editor’s note

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In our two-part cover story, Clive Kessler looks at the BN’s campaign. While Ibrahim Ali and Zulkifli Noordin were both knocked out, Umno won more seats on the back of a Perkasa-Lite campaign.

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Many urban Malaysians and foreign journalists did not quite understandwhat was happening in the rural areas, where many of the BN’s seats were won.

Arnold Puyok analyses the poll results in Sabah. The opposition’s increased gains in the state show that voters can no longer be influenced by the lure of development aid, he says

Soon Chuan Yean looks at the big picture. What began as disgust in GE12 was transformed into a singular movement for change. But this desire for change may not have involved the rural folks as much as it did their urban counterparts.

Still, M N D’Cruz regards the outcome of GE13 as a slap in the face of the BN.

In our centre pages, we pay tribute to our founder member Ismail Hashim, a master photographer, who died in a road accident recently.

Meanwhile, a public outcry erupted over deaths in police custody. We reproduce an old analysis by G Lim from 2002, to remind us that this sort of brutality has been going on for a long time. When is it going to stop?

And when will we have an IPCMC, wonders Francis Loh. Malaysians he says are not happy with any watered-down substitute bodies.

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