Toward a political culture that suits a two-party system

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Following the General Election in 2008, BN had the strange situation of being in the opposition in five states. Before March 8 that year, it only had that role in peripheral Kelantan.

Despite the fact that Perak fell back to BN through defections soon after, the new situation was that BN had to learn to play opposition in key states on the peninsula. This involved a self-image it could not easily accept.

Although it is taking a while to sink in for BN, Malaysia now has a two-party system. March 8, 2008 was no fluke, as May 5, 2013 has shown.


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