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Is a hung parliament necessarily a bad thing?

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Since 1959 Malaysia has seen 14 single-coalition simple-majority governments until the fateful 2022 general election, which resulted in a hung parliament for the first time in our history.

And after what seemed like a very long five days from the time we voted, the political uncertainty ended with the country’s five major parties – Pakatan Harapan, Barisan Nasional, Gabungan Parti Sarawak, Gabungan Rakyat Sabah and Warisan – agreeing to a coalition government.

But is a hung parliament negative for a democracy and should there be a relook at our electoral system? For some answers BFM speaks to Dr Wong Chin Huat, a political scientist at Sunway University.

Produced by: Moh Heng Ying
Presented by: Wong Shou Ning, Chong Tjen San and Philip See

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