Saturday, March 8, 2008

Badawi: 'we've lost, we've lost'; so, release Hindraf leaders, quit from BN, Badawi

Badawi cries: 'we've lost, we've lost'; so, release Hindraf leaders, quit from BN, Badawi. You have lost the moral right to rule Malaysia.


March 8, 2008
Malaysian opposition wins 5 states, MIC President ousted, Hindraf ISA detainee wins

Malaysian opposition take over 4 new states - Penang, Kedah, Perak, Selangor and maintains Kelantan.
Malaysian Indian Congress President S Samy Vellu (who the Malaysian Indians wanted removed) has suffered a defeat at the hands of PKR's Dr D Jeyakumar for the Sungai Siput parliamentary seat which he has held for nine terms.
Hindraf leader and ISA-detainee M Manoharan, on a DAP ticket, obtained 12,699 votes to win with a 7,184-vote majority.

PM Badawi: 'We've lost, we've lost'

These were the only words which Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi could muster when quizzed on the ruling coalition's shocking defeat in five states.

Abdullah was posed with the question during a press conference at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur. He was accompanied by his wife Jeanne, deputy Najib Abdul Razak and other BN leaders.

The prime minister added that he will make a media statement after analysing the results in detail.

Anwar ushers in 'a new dawn for Malaysia'

A triumphant PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim described the victory of the opposition parties in five states and its breach of Barisan Nasional's two-third majority in Parliament as "a defining moment" in the history of the nation and the opening of "a new chapter."

"The people have voted decisively for a new era where the government must be truly inclusive and recognises that all Malaysians, regardless of race, culture or race are a nation of one," he told a packed press conference at his residence in Segambut, Kuala Lumpur.

"The people have expressed in no uncertain terms that they want accountability, transparency, and the rule of law."

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