Will the Malaysian government collapse or can it overcome an attempt by the opposition to take power? And could Anwar Ibrahim, the main leader of the opposition, become the next Prime Minister with the Pakatan Rakyat in government? These are the two big questions that have been revolving in the minds of most Malaysians since the 8 March general election.
By Raviechandren, CWI, Malaysia
The ruling Barisan Nasional (BN – National Front) is a coalition of communal and racially based parties dominated by UMNO (United Malay Nationalist Organisation) and is increasingly challenged by an emboldened coalition of opposition parties, the Pakatan Rakyat (PR – People’s Alliance).
The three PR parties are the Malay-led multi-racial Parti Keadilan Rakyat (People’s Justice Party), the Chinese-dominated DAP (Democratic Action Party) and the Islamic PAS (Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party). They humbled the governing BN coalition with unprecedented gains in the election (See previous articles). Rallied by Anwar, the parties won more than a third of parliamentary seats and five of the 13 states in the general election, delivering BN its worst result in fifty years. Since these unprecedented election setbacks to the rule of the BN government, Malaysian politics have been in continual disarray.
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