There are politicians and there are politicians who believe an election is simply an opportunity for those who support and oppose their party to rally around the party. The National Front has ruled Malaysia for over 50 years and yesterday it again endeavored to win another election. Back in 2004, it was capturing 90% of the vote so party elders decided it was time to cease copying the Joseph Stalin model and attempt to pretend the other guys could win. Well, they DID win 77 seats to the 122 of the National Front. This definitely proves there was a competitive election, and it proves the other side can win some seats.
As to this idea that opposition parties are allowed to WIN the election, that is no more true in Malaysia than it is in Putin Land, commonly known as the country of Russia. Be glad Malaysia opposition, no one got killed.