Monday, March 10, 2008

Earthquake in Malaysia: 5.0 registered on Richter scale

I was preparing an article about The Malaysian Election outcome when I came across this article by CJCM ( )on March 10th, 2008 and this is a very good article .

Yes…. Malaysia was hit by the worst earthquake in history. I am not talking about the earth-moving and tsunami-generating earthquake our neighbouring country Indonesia is very familiar with though. But I am talking about the political earthquake that has rocked the entire nation on 8th March 2008, causing the BN Government machinaries and Pak Lah to finally wake up from their sleeps…. only to find out much damages the worst BN-man-made disaster had caused to the BN Government… the damages, however, could not be translated to any specific monetary value though.

The aftermath of the earthquake was mainly felt in the Peninsula Malaysia states but one northern state of Malaysia, Perlis, escaped the catastrophe almost unhurt. Other states in West Malaysia also felt minimum shakes from the tremor.

The earthquakes which had registered 5.0 on the Richter scale, nevertheless, had caused five Malaysian states to fall to the opposition parties where Kelantan, the epicenter of the worst among a series of nationwide earthquake, had retained power under the popular PAS Government with lot more seats returned to PAS. Four other states, also identified as the epicenters of equalling destructive forces, Kedah, Penang, Perak and Selangor had also crumbled under the intense pressure caused by strong tornadoes which had been blowing for about two weeks prior to the historic date of 8th March 2008.

With 5 states now under the opposition control (hence 5.0 on the Richter scale), the BN Government is now reduced to debris although it still managed to control the Parliment with just a simple majority…. totally unprecendented with an earthquake that had registered just 5.0 on the famous Richter scale. Can you imagine what will happen to the BN Government if an earthquake with the magnitude of 6.0, or 7.0 or even 8.0 has hit our beloved nation on Saturday?

Malaysiakini however reported that there had been no chaos at all among the ordinary people who had been well prepared to face the much anticipated national disaster .

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