Arutchelvan Subramaniam

Letter from Malaysia

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Elections last month gave opposition parties significant victories. Arutchelvan Subramaniam reports on how the campaign was built.

The twelfth general election in Malaysia, held last month, was a unique event in the history of the country. Unlike the elections of 2004, when the ruling National Unity government returned to office with an enormous mandate, this time around the electorate signalled their utter disillusionment with the government of prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi by supporting opposition parties in droves.

Not since the 1960s has the opposition made such massive headway, surpassing even the gains made during the economic crisis of 1999.

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