The day BN won the election but lost the contest


Although BN lost the popular vote, it remained in power. This paves the way for great uncertainty for politics in Malaysia in the years ahead. New strategic thinking is needed on all sides.

The evening began optimistically enough. By 7pm, my team members and I were gathered at the nomination centre, where the final votes were going to be tallied up and results announced by the returning officer. Ballot boxes had only just started trickling in, but from the unofficial feedback from the polling centres, we felt cautiously optimistic. Based on the initial numbers, it would appear that our hard work over the last 15 days had paid off. But what really preoccupied our minds was the bigger picture.

Around me, my team members were as nervous as I was.

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