Malaysia's vote a model for SE Asia

Malaysia's vote a model for SE Asia

The lines were long all day, the weather was hot and no one complained as voters flocked to the polls in Alor Setar (above) and across all parts of Malaysia, the majority of them to throw out what they saw as the corrupt government of ex-prime minister Najib Razak. (Reuters photo)
The lines were long all day, the weather was hot and no one complained as voters flocked to the polls in Alor Setar (above) and across all parts of Malaysia, the majority of them to throw out what they saw as the corrupt government of ex-prime minister Najib Razak. (Reuters photo)

Southeast Asia has been a hotbed of issues that are not democratic in nature, but Wednesday's outpouring of Malaysia voters, showing their frustration by voting out a government accused of massive corruption, has shown a path for other nations to follow.

Voters in Malaysia went out in droves to cast their ballots and seek change in a country plagued with political problems since the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal erupted, leaving a black mark on the governance of the United Malays National Organisation (Umno), a party that has ruled the country since independence in 1957.

The opposition contested the elections under a single banner of Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) and won 121 of the 222 seats needed to form a government, while outgoing Prime Minister Najib Razak's Barisan Nasional (National Front) party got 79 seats, with the remaining seats going to the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS).

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Umesh Pandey

Bangkok Post Editor

Umesh Pandey is Editor, Bangkok Post.

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