The by-election results of the three constituencies were known yesterday. The people i.e voters had made their choice. In Bukit Selambau, S. Manikumar of the PKR won beating MIC's Datuk S. Ganeson. Failure to win back the Kedah state assembly seat is another setback for the MIC, which is trying very hard to win back Indians votes.
At Bukit Gantang, former Perak Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin beat Ismail Safian of the BN to retain the parliamentary seat.
At Batang Ai, BN managed to make a comeback and win the seat convincingly, after its candidate Malcom Mussen Lamoh beat PKR's Jawah Gerang.
This trend of result in by-elections which favours the opposition, except in Sarawak, needs to be reversed. The BN has to undertake massive restructuring to win back the hearts and minds of the people. The ruling coalition should connect with the people and not expect the people to connect with it. The BN must also undertake several measures to show that it is sincere and serious about bringing change.
An opportunity to do this should start with the new cabinet, which is expected to be announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in a day or two. There had been various speculation of the cabinet. I personally believe that the cabinet would be shrunk with merger of several ministries. Several big names in the political landscape of the nation are also expected to face the axe in a bid to convince the people that the ruling BN government is serious on bringing about change. The cabinet is also expected to mirror Najib's 1Malaysia motto. Lets hope for the best.
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