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The era of super-majority gov't is over
Published:  Jan 23, 2013 2:27 AM
Updated: 10:40 AM

YOURSAY 'Voters are wiser today and do not wish to see a return to the autocratic ways of super-majority governments.'

'BN won't get two-thirds majority in polls'

your say Gerard Lourdesamy: GE13 is too close to call in my assessment. May be even a hung Parliament. Whatever the outcome, PM Najib Razak is out.

A slim BN majority may not translate to forming the government because East Malaysian MPs may jump ship to Pakatan Rakyat or declare themselves independent but pro-Pakatan.

A slim majority for Pakatan will expose them to tremendous offers of bribery and intimidation from BN to jump ship.

But I think politics as it is, we will see Pakatan MPs staying put because they too want to experience the largesse, benefits and privileges of being in government - something that has eluded them since 1957.

Either way, neither coalition is going to get a two-third majority because the Malaysian voters are wiser today and do not wish to see a return to the autocratic ways of super-majority governments.

LittleGiant: Never mind about all these studies and opinion polls. The rakyat should ensure that the next general election is conducted absolutely fair and clean.

That way, Pakatan could surely return to parliament with a bigger majority and BN denied the two-third majority again.

Dappy: Universiti Malaya Centre for Democracy and Elections (Umcedel) director Mohammad Redzuan Othman is very brave to voice his thoughts. His frankness may cause him to be suspended too. I admire his courage to speak the truth.

Fairnessforall: The thought of BN winning and Muhyiddin Yassin becoming our PM frightens me. Do we want to take the risk?

The phantom voters issue is a reality, the only thing is how many phantom voters can they register and will it be enough for them to cheat and win.

I hope the people will vote wisely and ensure that Pakatan is given a chance to show us what they can do, and whether they are better than BN.

Haveagreatday: It's not very good news if it's just Najib having to step down. If as expected that ‘I am a Malay first chap' takes over, the rakyat can be sure even more repressive actions against freedom and civil rights will be taken.

So, all of us who are pro-change must walk that extra mile. We must throw in all the strength we can muster to help push the Umnoputras out of Putrajaya. Otherwise, the scale will be tipped even more against the agenda for change.

Rahman: BN will win between 130 and 140 parliamentary seats against Pakatan's 80 to 90 seats.

A two-third majority requires 148 seats. In the present circumstances, such a BN victory is commendable. There is no necessity for Najib to vacate his office. After all, he is the most hard-working BN campaigner.

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim will continue biting his nails.

Ourvotesdecide!: What cannot be denied is the fact that after the last (the 12th) general election, more Malaysian voters had become politically aware - of their rights as well as the issues affecting our country.

The voters have also become increasingly critical, analytical and more discerning. So there should be more votes for Pakatan and less for BN this coming general election.

Whatever goodies the BN distributed now, the voters know they are from their (taxpayers) money (not BN money) and these are distributed to buy their votes. Voters are not getting stupid but smarter.

Anonymous_4031: It will be an uphill battle for BN to even get the same number of seats as 2008 polls if we take into account the massive anti-Lynas protest, Bersih 2.0 and 3.0 and the recent People's Uprising rally.

The turnouts were even bigger than those of pre-2008 GE rallies when Bersih 1.0 and Hindraf held their demonstrations. Based on the groundswell revolt, we should see an even bigger tsunami than that experienced in 2008.

Thus the seats status quo is a mild form of being polite to BN. The voters this time are itching to go to the polling booths and register their voice of dissatisfaction.

BN is likely to lose big this time, and is even likely to be kicked out of Putrajaya. The people will rise as one and show to the world who is king.

Jiminy Qrikert: So far, all these political research studies either only tell us exaggerated lies or something we already know.

Let me tell you something you don't know. At 58 percent popularity for Najib, Umno-BN will only receive 42 percent of the popular vote. But the most recent figure was 63 percent in favour of Najib. That will translate to 45 percent popular vote.

Whatever the case, Najib is history. So is Umno-BN. Pakatan will win.

FellowMalaysian: Mohammad Redzuan's assessment and conclusion that it will be almost impossible for BN to win a two-third majority in GE13 comes as no surprise to us who are vigilant on matters affecting voters' sentiment.

Umcedel has accurately identified some major reasons that led to this conclusion. Coupled with the very latest shocking disclosure of the blunders and atrocities committed by Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his coteries in the royal commission of inquiry (RCI) on citizenship-for-votes, this may just tilt the balance in favour of the opposition.

Najib is walking on thin ice and whether BN emerges victorious or loses, his position will be damned.

Multi Racial: The question is not about BN winning but Pakatan's winning margin. It depends on whether BN cheat or not.

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