Malaysia's ruling United National Organisation on Saturday (11 March) has won a crushing victory in the elections for the Kelantan State Legislative Assembly.
Malaysia's ruling United National Organisation on Saturday (11 March) has won a crushing victory in the elections for the Kelantan State Legislative Assembly. Its expected that a new state government will be formed later this week.
Speculation has increased that Prime Minister Datuk Hussein Onn will use the victory of his party to call a snap general election within the next few months, although a national poll is not due until September 1979.
SYNOPSIS: It was a humiliating defeat for the Islamic Party which has ruled the state since 1959 with an emotional appeal to uphold majority Malay rights and the official Islamic religion.
UMNO which contested 24 of the 36 constituencies at stake, won 23. its electoral ally, the Berjasa Party, captured a further 11.
The landslide victory in kelantan gives the UMNO complete political dominance over the whole of Malaysia. (SEQ 1-3)
The election was called at the end of three months of emergency federal rule which was imposed on the state following disturbances prompted by the expulsion from the Islamic Party and the ouster from office of Datuk Mohammed Nasir.
Islamic Party Ministers in the state and federal governments resigned in opposition to the emergency rule and were then expelled from the national Front coalition dominated by the UMNO.
Finance Minister and Kelantan UMNO chief, Tengku Razaleigh refused to comment on speculation that the Prime Minister would soon be calling a snap general election.
He said UMNO leader Datuk Mohammed Yaacob, would become the new kalentan State Chief Minister.
During the campaign, the Prime Minister who also serves as President of the UMNO pledged that his party would set up a clean, sincere, and efficient coalition government in Kelantan. (SEQ 4-5)