Thursday, July 17, 2008

Turbulence in 2008 (Malaysia) Part 1 of 2

Source: ST 2008-07-17 (Thu)

March 8, 2008
The ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition fails to secure a two-thirds majority in Parliament in the general election. It loses five states in its worst election performance since independence.

April 1, 2008
More than 500 Umno members demand that Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi resign over the election results.

April 14, 2008
A five-year ban on opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim holding political office ends.

May 12, 2008
Datuk Seri Anwar says that an opposition-led government could be in place before Sept 16, adding that he has enough lawmakers from the ruling BN coalition willing to defect to the opposition.

May 16, 2008
The government orders the chief prosecutor to investigate six people, including former premier Mahathir Mohamad and two top judges, for possible criminal offences related to a 2001 judicial scandal.

May 19, 2008
Dr Mahathir quits Umno in a shock move, prompting fears that he may split the party.

June 4, 2008
Malaysia raises petrol prices by 41 per cent and diesel prices by 63 per cent to rein in a ballooning subsidy bill, sparking widespread anger.

June 13, 2008
PM Abdullah says he has agreed on a succession plan with his deputy Najib Razak. Two days later, he says he will run for the party presidency in year-end elections, to calm speculation about any imminent handover.

June 18, 2008
Sabah Progressive Party, a BN coalition member, says it will file a no-confidence motion against PM Abdullah, but that falls through as it did not give enough notice in Parliament.

June 23, 2008
PM Abdullah wins support of Parliament for the fuel price hike.

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