The rakyat (people) has voiced their dissatisfaction toward the ruling party BN in terms of vote they cast during the 12th General Elections on the 8th of March 2008. Which ended with a huge win for the Opposition coalition that is bigger than the win in 1969. Where Gerakan (an opposition party then) took Penang and PAS took Kelantan.
Some of the significance victory for the rakyat and Barisan Rakyat are:
i) Denying BN 2/3 majority in the Parliament. This means, any passing of new constitution will have to be get the vote from Barisan Rakyat first. So, Barisan Rakyat you must really be united in this.
ii) Capturing 5 states to form state government. Never in Malaysia history this has happen before. The most are two states under Opposition administration. PAS strengthen their grip in Kelantan. While, Kedah, Penang, Perak, and Selangor changes from BN formed state government to Barisan Rakyat formed state government. Barisan Rakyat won 10 seats out of 11 seats in Kuala Lumpur. Too bad Kuala Lumpur still under BN because the form the Federal Government.
iii) Samy out, Jeff Ooi in. A few prominent figures were toppled by new faces in this GE. Samy, it's time for you to relax and enjoy life so that our highway won't have crack or the Parliament will not be dripping water inside.
So, now that the rakyat has given Barisan Rakyat a voice in the parliament and 5 states as a litmus test on how Barisan Rakyat component parties PAS, DAP, and PKR can work with each other on ruling a state. I'll observe the state which will be most significant to me, Selangor because it's nearer to my house in Segambut. PJ, Damansara, Puchong, and Subang. These are the few constituency that I frequented most.
One of the reason on BN was 'shocked' in this GE is BN thinks that Internet and bloggers won't affect the outcome much, and BN is now paying for their ignorance. They think by owning all the mainstream media, the Opposition can't voice out. This is the age of Information. With a click away anyone can voice out and anyone can get the unfiltered information. With alternative media on the Internet such as malaysiakini and the blogs of the candidates of the Opposition Party, heck we even have a fellow blogger in the Parliament now.
So now that the ruling party don't have the 2/3 majority, we'll see what difference will this make in the coming 4 years. Will Malaysia have a more transparent government? Will the freedom of press be more open? Petrol price will still rise unless the Government are willing to fork out more money to subsidise it. So, to the Barisan Rakyat, we the rakyat has given you the power to deny the 2/3 majority and we will be observing for the next 4 years.
P.S. Those of you that can't access to malaysiakini.com can try the mirror site.