A Historical Turnout

When the full results of the 12th General Election was finally announced, there was an air of disbelief and relief running throughout the nation. After a shockingly and suspiciously lengthy counting of votes process that took nearly eight hours before all the results was officially announced, the country suddenly realized that they were looking at history. For the first time in history, the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition failed to secure a two-thirds majority in the Parliament and they lost four more states to the opposition parties to make it five: Kelantan, Kedah, Penang, Perak and most interestingly, Selangor.

Several high-profile BN candidates also suffered heavy blow. Datuk Shahrizat Abdul Jalil lost at Lembah Pantai to 27-year-old newcomer, Nurul Izzah Binti Anwar from PKR. Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu (former Works Minister) lost to PKR’s Dr. D. Jeyakumar. UMNO Youth’s Datuk Aziz Rahim failed to gain a spot in the Parliament when he lost to PAS’ Ustaz Taib Azamudden Md. Taib. Former Informations Minister, Datuk Zainuddin Maidin lost significantly to Johari Abdul from PKR. Datuk Aziz Jamaluddin lost at Titiwangsa to PAS’ Dr. Lo’Lo’ Mohd. Ghazali.

In an interview that was shown on national television, Pak Lah’s face tells it all: BN’s ‘defeat’ came as a shock to all. Much was said prior to the election about Pak Lah’s administration, about the scandals surrounding the BN parties, about the issues that the government has failed to successfully manage; and there were quite a number of analysis predicting that BN would be denied a two-thirds majority, and it happened! Not just that, five states fell to the opposition parties. So, the people has finally spoken! They have made their protests heard through the ballot boxes.

View the full results of the 12th General Election here:

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