DEC 16 — In my career as a journalist, I have managed to cover two general elections — the ones in 2004 and 2008.
In 2004, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was leading Barisan Nasional (BN) in an election for the first time and many saw him as a refreshing change after 22 years of Mahathirism.
The Internet was around then but its penetration wasn’t that high (37 per cent) and broadband was in its infancy in the country.
Barisan Nasional, as expected, won the elections in a landslide victory.
I covered the elections in the Lembah Pantai constituency where Shahrizat Jalil was the BN candidate and she defeated Sanusi Osman from Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).
Nothing out of the ordinary happened.
In 2008, Abdullah was losing his grip on Umno. The elections took place and BN suffered its worst results in an election ever (although it still won). [Click to read the rest of the article at The Malaysian Insider]
Here’s the documentary (R.A.H.M.A.N.) I made in 2004 about the elections:
And then the one in 2008 (I May be Malaysian, But I Carry a Big Stick):