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The Stream· Thu, May 02 2013 10:49:55
On Sunday May 5, Malaysia is expected to have its most
election ever. Many believe that, for the first time since the country's independence
ago, the ruling party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), could lose power.
Its a busy week in Malaysia! Voting voting! General election!kaykay.carmen
It will be the first time in Malaysia's history that no one knows who will eventually win the elections.
In anticipation of the upcoming election,
created this infographic:
Content from Showdown MalaysiaAJstream's Showdown Malaysia set
One of the main points of contention between the two major parties, the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) and Barisan Nasional (BN), is the
New Economic Policy
(NEP). The policy was introduced in 1971 to lift ethnic Malaysians from poverty.
Opponents say the strategy failed to spread wealth evenly among all of Malaysia's citizens, especially those of Chinese and Indian descent. Below, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim claims that the NEP is a tool that disproportionately
those who have ties to the UMNO.
Anwar Ibrahim: The New Economic Policy Now Is Proven To Enrich The Families & Cronies Of UMNOmediarakyat
As a significant minority, Malaysian Indians are projected to play a
role in deciding the election. In an effort to galvanize their vote, the PR has created the music videos below. Both focus on the frustration many Indians are believed to have with existing BN policies:
Soi Soi - Kumki - Tamil Election Song 2013semparuti
Why This Kolaveri... - Tamil Election Song 2013semparuti
In this video, the
BN Youth Volunteers (BNYV
) stress the importance of the youth vote, and encourage young Malaysians to volunteer:
Ensuring fair elections in Malaysia has proved
. In previous elections, there have been claims of
. Citizens believe that some people are casting multiple votes through the use of multiple ID cards given to them by the government. The video below describes the phenomenon further:
EP04 Explanation Pendidikan Pengundi - Voter's Education Phantom Voter Pengundi Hantu2FgpYHXhjc4v1n_wrOQ21g
The opposition has raised other issues leading up to Sunday's vote. They report election fraud using "indelible ink". Placed on the finger, the ink was intended to last "seven days" in order to deter repeat voters. Hours after having it put on however, citizens
the ink was removable.
Indelible ink is... deliblemalaysiakini
The rivalry between the PR and BN plays out online in the form of "
", supporters of each party that are enlisted to defend them on various message boards. The posts below were taken from the comments section of an article posted on
The Malaysian Insider
why are Pakatan supporter afraid of the truth being spread in the internet?themalaysianinsider.com
Perhaps PR pays their cybertroopers, so this is a self revealing fact? You just cannot say when BN cybertroopers comment, then you say they are paid. This is pure nonsense. So, are you paid by PR to put your anti-BN comments here? Yes?themalaysianinsider.com
Bring them on, those BN paid cyber-troopers. PR "truth vendors" will make mince-meat out of them because we are volunteers, unpaid who truly love Malaysia and wouldn't want to see this country going to the dogs, if this corrupt megalomaniac BN is allowed to hold on to Putrajaya.themalaysianinsider.com
indicated that "more than 2,000 cases of arson, fighting and other election-related crimes have been recorded by police". In this environment, some netizens are focused on the days after the election.
Another 3 weeks before the election day comes. Let's all hope for a better Malaysia after the new government is formed, insyaAllah. #PRU13محمد اشرف زاباني
This election is a test for Malaysia but the final exam won't be election day, it'll be the day after.Jordan MacVay