BN may have won more states in GE13. But Refsa’s analysis shows that these states were won by minority votes and slim margins.
Voting for an “Islamic state”Shape of a Pocket by Jacqueline Ann Surin
According to MCA, a vote for DAP equals a vote for PAS equals a vote for an Islamic state and hudud. Is there truth to any of the charges and predictions MCA is making? And are they being completely honest about what the Umno-led Barisan Nasional itself has been responsible for?
Uncommon Sense with Wong Chin Huat: Why allow overseas Malaysians to vote?By Ding Jo-Ann
FOR the first time, all eligible Malaysians abroad may be able to vote by post. This will be welcome news to the approximately one million Malaysians working and living overseas. But should these Malaysians be entitled to vote? And will this affect the outcome of the next general election?
Why I don’t want to vote for the BNWork in Progress by Hwa Yue-Yi
IF only voting were easy. For one thing, I’m still waiting for the Election Commission (EC) secretariat to tell me why my absent voter application was rejected. If the EC eventually approves my application — or if the elections coincide with my summer research at home — and if intra-party seat allocations don’t change, I’ll […]
The year of being MalaysianWork in Progress by Hwa Yue-Yi
I WOULDN’T normally consider myself an outlaw. Last month, for example, I submitted another deferment request for the six-year-old National Service summons that I have yet to fulfil because of school calendars. I also don’t buy pirated DVDs. But recently I have found myself among the many in a position where democratic citizenship conflicts with […]
Galas: The old story of development politicsBy Gan Pei Ling
BARISAN Nasional (BN) won big in both the Batu Sapi and Galas by-elections on 4 Nov 2010. In Galas, BN beat PAS with a 1,190-vote majority and won 12 out of the 13 polling districts. PAS only managed to retain its stronghold in Sungai Terah with a reduced majority of 258 compared to 510 in […]
Winning Galas for BN: Can Ku Li do it?By Gan Pei Ling
BARISAN Nasional is banking on Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah‘s star power to win the Galas by-election. The Kelantan prince, fondly known as Ku Li, was appointed to lead the BN’s campaign because of his popularity among Gua Musang constituents, and his much-respected authority. Indeed, Ku Li’s persona eclipses that of the two candidates themselves, […]
Nasihat untuk pengundiOleh Shanon Shah
SYUKUR alhamdulillah! Sambil melayari internet tentang perkembangan terkini pilihanraya kecil Hulu Selangor, saya terjumpa pula kolum nasihat oleh idola saya, Kak Nora. Ya, Kak Nora sudah kembali beraksi. Tak sangka saya yang Kak Nora akan dipelawa menjadi kolumnis tetamu laman Malaysiabegini.com, setelah disingkirkan daripada TepiKain.com.my. Tapi begitulah resam Kak Nora — diam-diam ubi berisi. Saya […]
Hulu Selangor’s significanceBy Deborah Loh
Updated 10.55am, 19 April 2010 BN candidate P Kamalanathan (left) and PKR candidate Datuk Zaid Ibrahim HULU Selangor, the 10th by-election since national polls in March 2008, is a fight neither the Barisan Nasional (BN) nor Pakatan Rakyat (PR) can afford to lose. The BN needs to prove its sincerity about its rhetorically inclusive 1Malaysia […]
Road to an absolute monarchy?By Wong Chin Huat
Tan Sri Arifin Zakaria, one of the judges on the Perak menteri besar caseREMEMBER these names: Tan Sri Alauddin Mohd Sheriff, Tan Sri Arifin Zakaria, Datuk Zulkefli Ahmad Makinuddin, Datuk Mohd Ghazali Mohd Yusoff and Datuk Abdull Hamid Embong. They have fundamentally transformed the nature and prospects of the Malaysian state with their 9 Feb […]