Monday, March 10, 2008

Aiyo!

Good also lar. The Opposition (yes, that's the BN now) gets weaker and weaker and the Barisan Rakyat can be fully handed power by 2012. And you want the Mongolian-killer, blood-soaker issit? Also, I don't have to close this blog in the end, do I? ;-)







Yes, Uncle Sam was there also!

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From the Beebs:


Malaysian prime minister sworn in

Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has been sworn in, two days after his coalition suffered its worst election result in five decades.

Mr Abdullah took the oath of office at the national palace in Kuala Lumpur.

The prime minister has faced calls for his resignation in the wake of Saturday's polls.

The ruling National Front won more than half of all seats in parliament, but lost its two-thirds majority, its worst result since independence in 1957.

The government had expected a drop in support amid growing concern over ethnic tensions in multi-cultural Malaysia and unease over rising food prices.

But the result was worse than anticipated, with the opposition making sizeable gains. Many voters from Indian and Chinese minorities - who make up more than a third of the population - failed to turn out for the coalition.

On Monday, Malaysian shares fell to a seven-month low amid concern over the political uncertainty.

Race relations

Mr Abdullah was sworn in for a second five-year term in by Malaysia's king in a televised ceremony.

"I pledge to carry out my duties honestly and with all my abilities," he said.

On Sunday, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad called on the man he handpicked to succeed him to step down.

"I think he should accept responsibility for this. He should accept 100% responsibility," he said.

But Mr Abdullah appeared to rule out resignation.

"I will not step down from any post because I feel no pressure," he told journalists on Sunday.

His coalition controls 139 of the 222 seats in parliament. But the opposition won more than 80 seats, up from 19 in the previous parliament.

The opposition also increased its control of states from one to five, with wins in Selangor, Perak, Kedah and Penang, as well as in Kelantan.

Analysts have partly attributed the result to fears over worsening relations between Malaysia's different ethnic groups.

Late last year, 10,000 Malaysian Indians turned out in Kuala Lumpur to protest against policies favouring ethnic Malay Muslims.

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