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Setback for Malaysian Ruling Combine

Dr.Abdul Ruff Colachal

The biggest sea-change has taken place in Malaysian politics in almost 40 years with opposition Islamists and reformists winning control of five states in snap polls held on the 8th of March and giving the government a humiliating wake-up call. Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s multi-racial National Front coalition, which had won an unprecedented 90% of all seats in parliament last election, has now won just a simple majority in parliament, and his future as leader is in doubt after he watched a record majority collapse to the weakest level ever. Barisan has effectively ruled since independence from Britain in 1957. And, his predecessor, Mahathir Mohamad, urged Badawi to quit accepting responsibility for poor performance. Mahathir says he made a mistake in picking Abdullah as his successor and that the current deputy premier, Najib Razak, should have taken over.