DAP captures Penang, PAS captures Kedah and more!

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Mar 08 2008
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The date is 8th Mar 2008 and the time is 9:30 pm local time. Abdullah Badawi’s coalition party, National Front or popularly known as Barisan National, is suffering the biggest setback in the history of Malaysia politic. The landscape is changing and the Prime Minister (oops, he’s not yet officially the PM) could be scratching his head in disbelieve that he has just lost Penang, the only state with majority Chinese ethnic and Chief Minister. However due to obvious reason, local electronic media is not displaying the results from Penang.

You just got to give the credits to all the Penangites who showed their bravery, finally. There’re lots of factors that lead to such victory but the biggest contributing factor is the weakness in Prime Minister himself. Abdullah tried very hard to impress voters but in vain. He even threatens the voters in his live telecast yesterday about the possibility of chaos and instability should the voters reject his coalition party. Bad move indeed. He might think the voters are still as primitive as certain African countries. Besides Penangites I think the compliments should be extended to the Indian voters, thanks to Hindraf who miraculously awaken them.

DAP new rocket logo worksAt this hour it is still too early to say if the opposition can deny Badawi’s coalition party its two-third majority but the fact that DAP has finally managed to capture Penang from National Front’s grip is a big slap to Badawi’s face. Opposition (DAP 19, PKR 6 and PAS 2) captured 27 out of 40 seats in Penang while PAS retains Kelantan when it won 40 of the 45 state seats. Latest new also indicated that PAS captured Kedah when it won 22 out of 36 state seats. It’s definitely a tsunami that Abdullah didn’t expect (punishment for falling sleep on job) but the way the coalition lost is definitely shocking!!! It appears Abdullah Badawi is plunging the same way U.S. economy tumbled. DAP won (unofficially) the following parliamentary seats:

  1. Bagan (Lim Guan Eng)
  2. Tanjong
  3. Bukit Glugor (Karpal Singh)
  4. Ipoh Timur (Lim Kit Siang)
  5. Batu Gajah
  6. Petaling Jaya Utara (Tony Pua)
  7. Seputeh (Teresa Kok)
  8. Kepong
  9. Lim Guan Eng team victoriousBukit Bintang (Fong Kui Lun)
  10. Cheras
  11. Bandar Kuching
  12. Sandakan
  13. Segambut
  14. Kota Melaka (Sim Tong Him)
  15. Sarikei
  16. Serdang
  17. Klang (Charles Santiago)
  18. Taiping (Nga Kor Ming)
  19. Beruas
  20. Teluk Intan (M. Manogaran)
  21. Jelutong (Jeff Ooi, the first blogger to be sent to Parliament, won)
  22. Bukit Bendera (Liew Chin Tong)
  23. Batu Kawan (Dr P Ramasamy)

But the exciting news of all is the collapse of some heavyweights within Abdullah Badawi’s coalition party. Some of them are:

  • Prof P Ramasamy knocked out outgoing Penang chief minister Koh Tsu Koon by a majority of 3,000 votes.
  • Samy Vellu lostPSM’s Dr D Jeyakumar knocked out the most-hated MIC president S Samy Vellu for the Sungai Siput parliamentary seat (a nice 72nd birthday present to Samy)
  • Tony Pua reclaimed Petaling Jaya Utara by knocking out Chew Mei Fun (fried mee-hoon)
  • Teresa Kok won her Seputeh parliamentary seat with a whopping 36,564 votes (my God)
  • Khalid Ibrahim knocked out Tan Chai Ho in Bandar Tun Razak parliamentary seat
  • Nurul Izzah, daughter of former deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, knocked out “heavyweight” Shahrizat Abdul Jalil in the Lembah Pantai seat.
  • DAP’s Nga Hon Ming knocked out another National Front big gun, PPP’s M Kayveas in Taiping parliament seat
  • Hindraf leader and ISA-detainee M Manoharan, on a DAP ticket, obtained 12,699 votes to win with a 7,184-vote majority
  • The (Mis)Information Minister, Zainudin Maidin, lost his Kedah’s Sungai Petani parliamentary seat
  • Former DAP leader Wee Choo Keong, has won the Wangsa Maju parliament seat in Kuala Lumpur for PKR by 500 votes

While the result from the bias electronic media is at snail speed, most probably because it is Badawi lost electionwaiting for green light from the top management to do so, you can view the latest result from Malaysiakini. I bet the Abdullah Badawi’s coalition team is having emergency meeti
ng now
on how to salvage the situation should the results continue to tilt in favor of opposition. Would they activate their dirty backup plan to save the day? Desperate people do desperate things.

Now the million dollar question is: will DAP join National Front should the latter manage to form the government with simple majority, the same way “Gerakan” did? Would there be defections? But one thing is for sure on Monday. Stock market could be very volatile with previous political-linked counters plunging like a rock! Beware of those stocks that rely heavily on projects in Penang. Sell stocks related to Abdullah Badawi, if you manage to first thing in the morning. Badawi’s lucky number is not working!!!

# Latest Update (I’ll update here onwards):

  • DAP has named party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng as the next chief minister of Penang (source: MalaysiaKini 11:50pm Saturday)
  • Opposition captures Selangor (DAP – 15, PKR – 11 and PAS – 9) with 35 seats out of 56 seats. Whoa!!! (source: MalaysiaKini 12:25am Sunday)
  • Unofficial news – DAP, PKR and PAS have managed to deny the BN its two-thirds majority in the Parliament. DAP won 27, PKR 25 and PAS 24 bringing total of 76 seats, 1 more than the required 75 seats needed to do so. BN won 108 seats.
  • Opposition has won 22 of 59 seats in Perak and might take the state as well (source: MalaysiaKini 1:20am Sunday)
  • Opposition claims victory in Perak after it had won simple majority, 30 (DAP – 18, PKR – 6, PAS – 6) out of 59 seats. (source: MalaysiaKini 1:50am Sunday)
  • Unofficial News!!! BN denied two-third majority when opposition won 82 parliamentary seats (PKR – 29, DAP – 28, PAS – 25). BN on the other hand won 130 seats. (source: MalaysiaKini 2:42am Sunday)
  • DAP, PKR and PAS said that they will form the new government in Perak. Collectively the three parties have won 30 seats (DAP – 18, PKR – 6, PAS – 6) out of 59 seats. One seat (Teja) is yet to be decided. (source: MalaysiaKini 4:01am Sunday)

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