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PM: ‘We’ve lost, we’ve lost’ – 4.12am

These were the only words which Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi could muster when quizzed on the ruling coalition’s shocking defeat in five states.Abdullah was posed with the question during a press conference at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur. He was accompanied by his wife Jeanne, deputy Najib Abdul Razak and other BN leaders.

The prime minister added that he will make a media statement after analysing the results in detail.

Anwar ushers in

‘a new dawn for Malaysia’ – 4.08am

  

A triumphant PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim described the victory of the opposition parties in five states and its breach of Barisan Nasional’s two-third majority in Parliament as “a defining moment” in the history of the nation and the opening of “a new chapter.”

“The people have voted decisively for a new era where the government must be truly inclusive and recognises that all Malaysians, regardless of race, culture or race are a nation of one,” he told a packed press conference at his residence in Segambut, Kuala Lumpur.

“The people have expressed in no uncertain terms that they want accountability, transparency, and the rule of law.”

Khalid to meet Selangor sultan soon – 4.05am

PKR secretary-general Khalid Ibrahim said they will meet with the Selangor sultan “soon” regarding the formation of the new state government.

However, he told Malaysiakini that he did not wish to jump the gun when asked whether he would be the new mentri besar. The deputy mentri besar is likely to be DAP’s Teng Chang Khim, who is former state opposition leader.

DAP-PKR-PAS to form gov’t in Perak – 4.01am

The combined opposition of DAP, PKR and PAS said that they will form the new government in Perak. Collectively the three parties have won 30 seats (DAP – 18, PKR – 6, PAS – 6) out of 59 seats. One seat (Teja) is yet to be decided.

However, the opposition still will have a narrow one-seat majority even if Teja goes to BN. About 50 opposition supporters are attempting to seal off the state government building in Ipoh to stop documents from being removed.

Samy says ‘goodbye’ – 3.37am

After defending the seat for nine terms since 1974, MIC’s 71-year-old president S Samy Vellu made a quick exit upon learning his defeat. According to nstonline, on his way out, Samy Vellu could only muster a “goodbye” to reporters and supporters present at the convention hall.

The MIC stalwart lost to Dr D Jeyakumar who has been contesting against him since 1999. In the previous polls four years ago, Samy Vellu defeated the latter with a majority of 10,349 votes. This time around, Jeyakumar, who stood on PKR ticket, garnered 16,874 votes to Samy Vellu’s 14,408. Many of his supporters were seen crying when he left the hall.

Unofficial: BN denied two-thirds majority – 2.42am

According to unofficial tally, the opposition has apparently denied the ruling Barisan Nasional its crucial two-thirds majority by winning up to 82 parliament seats so far (PKR – 29, DAP – 28, PAS – 25). To deny the government two-thirds majority, the opposition must win 75 seats. On the other hand, BN has won about 130 seats. There are still a few more seats to be decided.

When asked whether the massive lost by BN was a vote of no confidence on the government, he said, “I don’t see it that way.”

He also denied speculations that he would step down as PM in the wake of BN’s disastrous performance.

When asked whether the massive lost by BN was a vote of no confidence on the government, he said, “I don’t see it that way.”

He also denied speculations that he would step down as PM in the wake of BN’s disastrous performance.