There are 56 legislative seats in my home state Selangor.
Half of those seats were won by PKR in the last election. But if we need to be pedantic about, PKR won 51 as Amanah (5), Bersatu (5) and DAP (13) candidates stood under the Keadilan emblem.
They received their Surat Watikah (Candidature Letter) from PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
In all 56 contests, the Keadilan choice was present.
With the exception of five seats, Umno (4) and PAS (1), the people were in the majority with the Keadilan. That’s a lot of people to favour one coalition in a state. It’s the strongest win in any state this past election.
I was wrong predicting a Barisan Nasional (BN) victory in the past election, but I was not wrong about Pakatan rejecting PAS.
While I said,Pakatan can win without PAS, if they are clear about their value proposition and work on the ground long enough as separate from the Islamist, I was not convinced either of those conditions were met, adequately.
Which is why I thought BN would edge ahead in a three way.
Speaking truth to power: Malaysians have been cheated of power at the critical point of our real interests, by the lack of local elections for over fifty years.
It is not sexy, local politics, but at the lowest level is where the plainest and most connectable engagement of power occurs.
It’s not all rosy, though.
Here is an admission that goes with it: Local elections will demand more participation from residents, bring the prevailing toxic resident association politics to the fore and force a prolonged process of adjustments.