The day BN won the election but lost the contest

By Zairil Khir Johari

August 2013 FEATURE
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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...

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Zairil Khir Johari

is the Penang state executive councillor for public works, utilities and flood mitigation, and the state assemblyman for Tanjong Bunga.