Update 12:35am Jakarta time – Unspun’s been just told that Jeff Ooi has won Jelutong with a big majority. Just imagine the political wannabes now blogging like crazy from now on.
Update: It looks like another blogger will also be making history with Jeff. Chegubard is apparently defying all the might of the Barisan Nasional’s candidate, the Son-in-Law Khairy Jamaluddin and is pulling ahead in Rembau. Rocky has the latest.
The results of Malaysia’s elections are still coming in but it looks like the Opposition has given the ruling Barisan Nasional a drubbing so severe that the Barisan may actually lose its two-thirds majority in Parliament. The two-thirds figure is significant because it allows the Barisan nasional to change the Constitution at will.
The state of Penang now looks like it has gone over to the opposition and blogger Jeff Ooi may well make history as the blogger who successfully used his blog as a platform to launch a political career. In the latest posting Jeff is saying that his party, the DA, has virtually taken Penang but he is asking for restraint. No victory rallies so that there is no excuse to start a racial riot like what happened in 1969, when the opposition denied the Barisan Nasional a two-thirds majority and thereafter held a victory parade, which provoked racial riots.
Several ministers have also lost their seats. They will also likely be losing their political careers. Among them are the leader of the Malaysian Indian Congress Samy Vellu and Information Minister Zainudin Maidin. Anwar Ibrahim’s daughter has also won her seat.
All eyes are now turned to Rembau where the unpopular KhairyJamaluddin, the son-in-law of Prime Minister Abdullah Badaw, is contesting against another blogger. If he loses many people will be celebrating.