5 minutes before 1am on Monday morning, 6th May 2013, Barisan Nasional has been once again been given the privilege of ruling Malaysia after achieving a simple majority in the 13th General Elections (Pilihan Raya Umum) and what is believed by many to be THE dirtiest elections ever.
Allegations of hiring foreign nationals to vote for the ruling party, using police force to protect the busloads of foreign nationals going to voting centers, causing “accidental” blackouts during vote counting and last minute shipping in of illegal ballots to help losing candidates are causing widespread disappointment and dissatisfaction to many Malaysian nationals.
In my home state of Penang, BN was desperate to recapture the state by holding big concerts, holding free food fests (with beer, which is deemed non-halal by Islam no less) and clear money giving. However, the people of Penang held fast (took their food, money and concerts in some cases) but still cast their votes for Pakatan Rakyat parties. While I’m happy that Penang still remains in the able hands of PR, I am very disappointed by the dirty politics that was played.
However, I do not see a realistic end to this unless the elections is allowed to be handled by a well-known democratic outsider country like Britain, USA or Greece (hey, its the birthplace of democracy so why not). If our dear EC/SPR is allowed to continue what they have done so far, BN will continue ruling the country for decades and centuries to come.
It is indeed a black day for Malaysia.