Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Voters are smarter now

I fell into a conversation about the general elections with a doctor yesterday morning. I wouldn't want to repeat everything that we talked about but there was a particular point he made.

He said that voters are smarter now. In the past, the government of the day would scare us by saying that if the opposition (implying the Parti Islam) won, they would impose Islamic law on everyone, irrespective of race or religion. That really scared people into voting back the Barisan Nasional.

Now, the voters have realised that the opposition can never take over the government. At their best, they will never win enough seats to form the next government.

So it doesn't really matter which way you vote. The Barisan Nasional will always be in power. The only real difference is whether they will have the two-thirds majority in Parliament or not.

Interesting, eh?

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