Sunday 23 March 2008

An academics view on the 12th GE results!

The 12th General Election is now over, the Federal and the State Governments hve been sworn in {except for that of Terengganu, where the spoiled brats of UMNO have sent a letter of protest to HRH The Sultan (Regency Council)}, but apparently, according to the view of the interviewee, something which lingers in almost everyone’s mind is what had prompted the voters to deny the two-third majority to the Barisan Nasional (BN), which had ruled the nation, unopposed for more than 50 years.

It is interesting, as well as really amusing, to read what Prof Syed Arabi Idid had said when interviewed recently regarding what had prompted the vote swing in the recent elections.

See NST article HERE

Professor Syed Arabi Idid, who is Rector of the International Islamic University (IIU) Malaysia as well as being Head of the Electoral Studies Unit, admitted that the outcome of the 12th general Election had come as a surprise to him, and was probably part of a new voting trend.

“They did not vote for the Opposition, they just voted against the BN,” he reportedly told BERNAMA in an interview.

(Dream on baby!!!!!)

Dr Syed Arabi, who, it was said, has made an extensive study of the voting patterns in the country, shared his views with BERNAMA on what was probably on the minds of the voters and what one could expect in the new political landscape.

If the guy was surprised that the outcome of the General Election was as it was, when BN suffered the biggest hammering in their history, then one cannot help but wonder about the quality of his ‘extensive study’ and also his qualification to be the Head of the Electoral Studies Unit of IIU Malaysia.

Perhaps his is a BN / UMNO Government appointed post?

If you read the full article in NST, you may be forgiven for concluding that it is somewhat biased towards UMNO.

Non teneas aurum totum quod splendet ut aurum
-Do not take as gold everything that shines like gold


Jeffrey Hardy Quah said...

I go into a bit more detail on that interview myself (cheap plug!), but while the article is indeed full of manure, I think he's right about that particular point.

mindful mariner said...

Thanks for your comments Jeffrey