Everyone should be stunned by how anti-BN forces over the last few years have been able not only to hold their ground, but also to continue spreading a sense of empowerment throughout the country. My take on how this has been possible is two-fold. Firstly, we are not really talking about BN versus Pakatan. Pakatan’s parties were peripheral players anyway, until March 8, 2008.
What happened that day was a revolt by voters – largely urbanites of all ethnic groups – against abuses of power perpetrated by BN leaders, and against their arrogance. Following such a situation, opposition political parties were of course most able to become the expression of this popular anguish.
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