21 million voters chose a new government


PETALING JAYA: A total of 21,173,638 Malaysians voted today in the 15th General Election (GE15) to determine the party or coalition that gets the mandate to form the new Federal government.

A total of 8,958 polling stations with 38,348 channels are open from 8 am to 6 pm to give people the opportunity to vote.

To launch the voting process the Election Commission (SPR) assigned 363,515 staff in all polling centers with the cost of GE15 costing RM1.01 billion. GE15 made history when a total of 1.2 million voters aged 18 to 20 participated in determining the new government.

In addition, GE15 recorded the largest number of candidates, 945 qualified to compete for 222 parliamentary seats while another 441 candidates won 117 State Legislative Assembly (DUN) seats in Perak, Pahang, Perlis and seat N66 in Bugaya, Sabah.

For parliamentary seats, Pakatan Harapan (PH) put up the most candidates with 206 candidates, followed by Barisan Nasional (BN) (178), Perikatan Nasional (PN) (149) and Pejuang (116).
Other parties Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) 52 candidates, Gabungan Parti Sarawak (31), Pas (22), Parti Rakyat Malaysia (16) and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (13).

Sarawak Bersatu Party (10), Putra (nine), DAP (eight), People’s Democratic Welfare Party (seven), MUDA (six), Malaysia Party (five) and Sarawak Dayak Nation Party (three).

In fact, this general election also saw the largest number of independent candidates with 108 people.

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MAJORITY

Although political observers expect no party to get a simple majority or at least 112 seats, the stability of the country by electing a strong government is important for the future of Malaysia.

Speaking to Utusan Malaysia, Senior Fellow of the National Professors Council (MPN), Datuk Dr. Jeniri Amir said, the country needs a political coalition that obtains more than 120 seats so that the government is stable to avoid uncertainty and crisis despite the existence of the party jumping act.

Thus, he said, voters need to make a rational choice because this time’s determination needs to be based on facts, the manifesto offered in addition to the ability of candidates and parties to advance the people.

“With that strength, the government can focus on the policies and initiatives they want to implement, especially related to economic issues, health, cost of living and inflation.
“We want a line-up that can not only put Malaysia forward, but a Cabinet line-up with integrity, appropriate qualifications and inclusiveness,” he said.

GE15 was held after the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah approved the request of the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to dissolve Parliament in accordance with Article 40(2)(b) and Article 55(2) of the Constitution Federation last October 10.

In addition to electing 222 members of parliament, this election also involved three states namely Perlis, Perak and Pahang.

SIX STATES

Six other states, namely Penang, Kedah, Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Terengganu and Kelantan did not follow the steps of their respective DUN Centers.

In the meantime, Jeniri said, all voters need to vote to ensure a high voter turnout, at least reaching over 80 percent so that the victory of any coalition of political parties represents the voice of the entire people of this country.

“Why is it important that the voice is truly representative, so that it can determine who has the right to be in Putrajaya. We want to make sure that the government really follows the people’s choice, so the turnout (vote) must be high, if it is low it may not be really representative.

“Later they (not voting) are also the ones who regret when (their) wishes are not fulfilled because only (a few) want to vote,” he said.

In the meantime, Tun Abdul Razak University’s economist, Prof. Emeritus Dr. Barjoyai Bardai said that all parties and political leaders need to unite to put aside their differences even if the result of GE15 is not on their side because the interests of the country must be prioritized over their own agendas and interests.

Therefore, he did not rule out the existence of a coalition government involving more than two parties and the move is seen to be able to change the pattern of Malaysian politics which has been dominated by one party.

He explained that the coalition government will create policies that include various aspects when drafted by leaders from various parties.

“In my view, GE15 will see a reform in which a government may be formed consisting of other parties and the policies, especially those involving the economy, will be enacted in the future and will be national in nature and touch the people. When this happens, then our country moves forward more and the government is more focused,” he said. – MESSENGER





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