Malaysian politics has been treading along race-based line since 50s. In other words, communalism has been the established framework of our political system, with racial groups consolidated under their respective parties to safeguard their interests.
The 12th GE saw a divergence from this deep-rooted political line. Although at this juncture it is far too early to be conclusive, the trend does signify a wider perception by the electorate of a non-communal political line.
Besides DAP, PKR's multi-racial approach has proven to be appealing to the voters of all races in the election.
The breakaway of Malay votes from UMNO sent a clear message across the nation, that the communal line in politics in this new era may not necessarily work like it did in the past 50 years in Malaysia.
The voters' perception may have moved away from the previous narrow-based communalism to the broad-based multi-racialism.
Presently it is still very much at an infancy stage. I hope it is going to progress well.
The picture shows Dato' Seri Anwar Ibrahim at a press conference after the election.
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