The elections were peaceful but the government is now concerned about street celebrations getting out of hand. Prime Minister Badawi has lost his 2/3rds majority. This as a victory for democracy and freedom in Malaysia.
“I don’t think Malaysian politics will ever be the same again,” said Anwar Ibrahim, a former deputy prime minister who was expelled from the ruling party a decade ago and is now one of the leaders of the opposition. “There is a wave, an outcry for democratic reform.”
The opposition parties unseated several longtime political veterans by fielding fresh but inexperienced candidates, including a political science professor, popular blogger and a human rights activist.
The opposition did especially well in urban areas, winning at least 7 of the 11 seats in Kuala Lumpur. But it also made inroads into the rural heartland. The Pan-Islamic Party, one of the three main opposition parties, strengthened its control over the northern state of Kelantan and appeared to have won control of neighboring Kedah state.