Wednesday, July 17, 2013

16:16 seats - Kuala Besut causes Hung Assembly in Terengganu?

A hung state legislative assembly might occur in Terengganu if PAS win the Kuala Besut by-election. It will create an unstable government and uncertain future for Terengganu.

In a simple majority system of the government, a hung legislative occur when neither major political party has an absolute majority of seats in state legislative assembly. It’s a balanced legislative or under no overall control.

In 13th general election, BN only secured a slim win in Terengganu with two-seats over opposition’s 17 seats. As Malaysia's electoral system is based on simple majority, should opposition win the Kuala Besut by-election, which will result the seats locked at 16:16, a hung state legislative which never happen before.  

A hung state assembly might caused the state to called for a re-election but it might not happen as the deciding power fall on the speaker as he has the right to vote.

It’s reported that PAS has adopted the theme “16:16 New Terengganu” as the main thrust of its campaign in Kuala Besut by-election. However, Kuala Besut has always been Barisan Nasional’s stronghold and its machinery is working hard to defend the seat.

The Barisan Nasional is confident of detaining the seat as the voters appreciate the good deeds done by the Barisan Nasional government over the years.

The interesting question remains: Can PAS grab the seat from BN?

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