Malaysian Elections 2018

Jim Car

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I haven't seen another trend on this so thought I would kick it off, if there is already one feel free to merge.

It seems against all the odds the current government and party (UMNO) lead by Najib Razak has lost to a relatively new party Pakatan Harapan lead by former Malian PM Mahathir Mohamad (now the worlds oldest elected head of state at 92 years of age). It is also seems to be the first time since independence in 1957 that UMNO have lost an election.

Have to say it came as a surprise Najib Razak was becoming increasingly authoritarian, the biggest thing was the fact that he personal participated in the pillaging of the Malian sovereign wealth fund (1 MBD) to the tune of some nearly $1 billion dollar's passing through his personal bank account, used to buy nice toys like a $250 million yacht named Equanimity. He was bizarrely celebrated by some for recently proposing a new "anti fake news" law that near certainly would have been used to target journalists and press freedom, which he was doing with increasing regularity anyway. Also seemed like many were expecting the elections to be rigged in some way.

Anyway all very interesting.


Malaysia's Najib Razak, now forced from power, may finally have to answer the tough questions - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/09/outgoing-malaysian-prime-minister-najib-razak-speech.html

https://www.economist.com/news/asia/21738415-thanks-wildly-uneven-size-constituencies-it-takes-more-votes-elect-opposition-mp
 


statsman

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I haven't seen another trend on this so thought I would kick it off, if there is already one feel free to merge.

It seems against all the odds the current government and party (UMNO) lead by Najib Razak has lost to a relatively new party Pakatan Harapan lead by former Malian PM Mahathir Mohamad (now the worlds oldest elected head of state at 92 years of age). It is also seems to be the first time since independence in 1957 that UMNO have lost an election.

Have to say it came as a surprise Najib Razak was becoming increasingly authoritarian, the biggest thing was the fact that he personal participated in the pillaging of the Malian sovereign wealth fund (1 MBD) to the tune of some nearly $1 billion dollar's passing through his personal bank account, used to buy nice toys like a $250 million yacht named Equanimity. He was bizarrely celebrated by some for recently proposing a new "anti fake news" law that near certainly would have been used to target journalists and press freedom, which he was doing with increasing regularity anyway. Also seemed like many were expecting the elections to be rigged in some way.

Anyway all very interesting.


Malaysia's Najib Razak, now forced from power, may finally have to answer the tough questions - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/09/outgoing-malaysian-prime-minister-najib-razak-speech.html

https://www.economist.com/news/asia/21738415-thanks-wildly-uneven-size-constituencies-it-takes-more-votes-elect-opposition-mp
Seems it was the youth vote that swung it.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/09/malaysia-former-leader-mahathir-mohamad-set-to-become-worlds-oldest-pm-at-92
 

dermo88

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A load of factors swung it. Mainly it was the urban educated Middle Class. But a lot of ground work was done by two new parties in the rural areas - Harapan and Amanah and Bersatu which swung votes in the Plantation villages which traditionally voted UMNO/BN.

It was the excesses of the wife which resonated. Najib was deeply out of touch and recommended people eat Quinoa instead of Rice for their health, a product that is at least ten times more expensive than rice. Rosmah was notorious for her shopping trips. The party - UMNO became arrogant, populated by some of the most pig ignorant tosspots imaginable. Think Muslim versions of the Healy Raes only thicker.

I'm glad Mahathir won. Najib and his party had vile right wing fascist tendencies, and had he won, or the electoral result been closer, he'd have declared a State of Emergency. Many of my Malaysian friends would be forced to leave.

Its clear what people wanted. Freedom. No more oppressive laws. The ability to laugh, love, joke, breathe and live.

Its a new Malaysia and - well - since its good news, its not publicised. The atmosphere here in Kuala Lumpur is oyous
 


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