Singapore reacts to Malaysia’s historic, shocking general election outcome

Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition candidate Mahathir Mohamad (C) celebrates with his coalition leaders during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on early May 10, 2018. AFP PHOTO / Manan Vatsyayana

Malaysia’s veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, 92, won a historic election victory Thursday, in a political earthquake that toppled the country’s scandal-plagued premier and ousted a regime that had ruled for over six decades.

With the win, Mahathir will be sworn in as the world’s oldest elected leader.

In a stunning political upset that took pundits by surprise, Mahathir’s opposition alliance Pakatan Harapan ended the long hold on power of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which has been in power in Malaysia since its birth as an independent country in 1957. The irony is that Mahathir once led BN as prime minister for 22 years since independence.

The thumping victory capped a dramatic political comeback for Mahathir, who came out of retirement to take on Prime Minister Najib Razak after the leader became embroiled in a massive corruption scandal.

“We are not seeking revenge … what we want is to restore the rule of law,” Mahathir said, referring to Najib’s multi-billion-dollar graft scandal surrounding state fund 1MDB.

“It’s a remarkable upset, a case study for political scientists,” noted The New York Times’ Thomas Fuller. “Malaysia’s opposition pulled off this sweeping electoral victory despite the ruling party’s control over newspapers and tv, despite decades of gerrymandering.”

Control over newspapers and TV? Decades of gerrymandering? Familiar facets to Singaporeans, who’ve reacted with high spirits to the shocking outcome of their neighbors’ 14th General Election. Reactions so far have been a mixed bag of booming glee, worried concerns and measured think pieces over how the change in power could affect Singapore in the years to come. Check ‘em out below.


Political figures

 

Pundits

 

Memes (potential spoilers within)

 

Random witticisms

 

With text by AFP

One thought on “Singapore reacts to Malaysia’s historic, shocking general election outcome

  1. only malaysians can win election because they dared to change !
    SG is just the opposite, no change for donkey years.

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