Malaysia's ruling Alliance Party emerged a battered victor in yesterday's general election (10 May). Its?
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Background: Malaysia's ruling Alliance Party emerged a battered victor in yesterday's general election (10 May). Its majorities were slashed by opposition candidates in seats throughout West Malaysia.
Combined opposition parties produced a stunning blow in West Malaysia, unseating three ministers in Tunku Abdul Rahman's administration and several party leaders. With one federal seat still to be contested, the Alliance found itself in control of only 66 of West Malaysia's 104 constituencies.
Full results of the election will not be known until later. The outcome in Sabah will not be declared until 25 May and in Sarawak on 7 June, because of communication difficulties. But it is already clear that the Tunku's party must win all the 16 Sabah seats and half the 24 in Sarawak, where the Alliance is split, to keep the two-thirds majority needed for constitutional amendments.
In simultaneous elections for 11 West Malaysian state assemblies the results were equally grim for the Alliance, which lost Penang in a landslide to the Malaysian People's Movement and Perak to the combined opposition. It failed in its third attempt to wrest Kelantan from the Pan-Malay Islamic Party (P.M.I.P.)
The PMIP won 12 Alliance-held federal seats and lost two to the government party. The largely-Chinese Democratic Action Party, which the government links with Singapore's ruling People's Action Party, increased its representation from one seat to 13.
Two people were killed during the campaign leading to the election -- the third general election since independence -- and riot police were standing by to prevent trouble. But the only incident reported was in Kalantan State, where five people were slightly hurt.