Trying to blog about books this morning without acknowledging yesterday's election results would be like trying to ignore a big fat elephant grazing on your front lawn!
The slide to the opposition and Barisan's loss of a two-thirds majority in parliament was unbelievable ... exhilarating, and yes, a little scary because of the scale of the shift and the radical change to the political landscape of this country. But I am happy and optimistic, and wish the new elected representatives all the best. Several of them are friends I've made through blogging so I wave especially to Jeff Ooi, Nik Nazmi, Teresa Kok, and Elizabeth Wong (elected to Selangor State Parliament.) The one MP I'm sad to see go out is my neighbour, Lee Wha Beng, because I know how hard he's been working for his constituency.
I couldn't of course vote as a foreigner who doesn't even have permanent resident's status. I stayed up watching the results come in until I could keep my eyes open no longer about 2 a.m. and am so grateful to Malaysiakini who posted updates constantly. (The main site crashed because demand was overwhelming, but fortunately the mirror sites were up and running.) Thanks too to those who pinged their posts on Project Petaling Street and offered a running commentary of the news and a barometer of public opinion. Facebook was also a great way of checking out friend's reactions! The opposition victory is of course also very largely a victory for the alternative (electronic) media.
Now I leave the political commentary to others and go back to books!
(Photo by Butch Coolidge on Flickr)