Monday, March 22, 2004

The People have Spoken

Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi has a clear mandate from Malaysians. I guess Pak Lah's "Mr. Clean" image and Islamic credentials won the day. It may also be a sign of disenchantment with the opposition. Barisan Nasional reclaims Terengganu, which it lost in 1999 and has taken massive gains in Kelantan, which has been under PAS rule for 14 years.
One of the big losers is the PAS leader Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang who lost his parliamentary seat in Terengganu. Other big PAS losers include vice-president Datuk Dr Ali Hassan (Parit Buntar), secretary-general Nasharuddin Mat Isa (Besut), information chief Datuk Dr Haron Din (Perlis), central committee members Mahfuz Omar (Pokok Sena), Mohamed Sabu (Kuala Kedah) and Datuk Taib Azamudeen (Baling).
So much for their claims of taking Kedah and Perlis.
Apart for Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (Permatang Pauh), all other Parti Keadilan Nasional candidates were also rejected by the voters.
Only the DAP showed better results with the re election of Lim Kit Siang and Karpal Singh in their seats which they lost in the last elections.
Just hope the ruling party will fulfill their pre-election promises.

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