Malay voters rejected corruption. Umno – the Malay party which Dapsters called “parti rasuah” and “parti penyamun” – suffered devastating losses.
In the last election of 2018, Umno won 54 seats. This election Umno won only 26.
Umno lost more than half its seats which were once Malay fixed deposits. Umno lost due to its corruption taint. Its past president Najib has been locked up, and its present president Zahid is facing 47 corruption charges.
According to the analysis by Bridget Welsh (chart above), rival coalition PN received 54 percent of the Malay votes. This means the majority of Malays voted for PAS or Bersatu.
Malays chose PN because the two parties (Islamist PAS, nationalist Bersatu) campaigned on the ‘clean’ tagline — see pix below.
Welsh estimates that BN received only a one-third (33%) slice of the Malay vote pie. This is half of the 62 percent Malay vote share which BN got in the 2013 election — see chart below.
In less than a decade, Malay support for Umno has halved. Why?
Malays voted to reject Umno because they reject corruption. Umno leaders have been embroiled in many corruption scandals in the recent past years.
And this Umno, which has been cast off by the Malay majority, is being absorbed by the DAP-led Harapan.
Zahid, who has been rejected by the majority of Malay voters, is being embraced by the Dapsters as their ideal Malay best friend.
Truly Anwar’s unity government is one of endless possibilities.