Soon after the historic 2008 Malaysian general election, I was commissioned by Korea Democracy Foundation (KDF) to write an overview and analysis on the polls. Why was there so much attention on that election?
To quote myself (something I have been hoping to do for a long time):
Malaysia’s 12th general election held on March 8 this year has been seen by many as one of the most crucial elections for this nation since its independence in 1957. The prime reason for this is that the ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN or National Front) suffered its worst ever election result in history. For the first time since independence, BN lost its grip on the two-thirds majority I in Parliament – a vital requirement in amending the Federal Constitution and passing laws…
As a result, Malaysia’s political landscape has shifted, ending the ruling coalition’s 51-year political hegemony. A concurrent phenomenon with this tectonic shift is the opening up of the democratic space in this country.
The article was collected in the book “Voices Through Ballot, Overview of Asian Elections 2008” published by KDF.
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