Regaining trust after 'unfair and partially free' elections
Shortly after news confirming BN had crossed the 112 parliamentary seats mark - thus allowing it to form a government with a simple majority - came through late on Sunday night, many Malaysians on the social media started turning their profile pictures black as a sign of their displeasure at the result.
In the most closely fought elections in Malaysia’s history, a large number of Malaysians were not talking about the close fights or analysing where their candidates got their strategies wrong.
Instead, people were using words like fraud and cheating to describe the results.
The message was clear: many felt the 13th general election had been stolen from the people.
It is expected that in a democratic society, one cannot expect to win or get their desired results all the time.
This is especially true when it comes to an election - there will always be winners and losers.
However, while people might not agree with all the policies of the government, it is imperative that there is at least trust and confidence that the elected government has the country and its citizens’ best interests at heart.
Seemingly, BN does not have these two crucial things - why?
Unsurprisingly, Pakatan Rakyat have declared that the election results are not legitimate and that they believe that BN had committed fraud to win.
Far from being sore losers, the opposition truly appears to believe that they have a strong enough case to justify their stand.
According to PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, party director of strategy Rafizi Ramli (right) will lead their investigation and work in tandem with teams from DAP and PAS to collect evidence to substantiate its claims.
It is noted that they are not the only ones taking action.
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