Political Analyst Shares His Thoughts On Why BN Won The Melaka State Election

Political analyst Dr Ainul Adzellie Hasnul said Melaka residents chose BN due to its experience and history of good administration over the past 60 years.

Cover image via New Straits Times / Eizairi Shamsudin / Bernama

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The Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition emerged victorious in Melaka's recent state election, which took place just last month

BN won 21 out of the 28 seats up for grabs, while Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Perikatan Nasional (PN) won five and two seats respectively.

According to political analyst Dr Ainul Adzellie Hasnul, this proves that the people want a stable government

Dr Ainul Adzellie Hasnul

Image via NSTP / Eizairi Shamsudin

When speaking to New Straits Times, he shared his opinion that Melaka residents chose BN due to the coalition's experience and history of good administration over the past 60 years.

He said, "Barisan Nasional's theme, 'Kestabilan demi Kemakmuran' (stability for prosperity), is a strong message to voters, and its victory indicates that people are done with politicking.

"They want a stable government that can deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and boost economic recovery. BN also had a strong machinery. The result also showed that the people of Melaka are comfortable with BN.

"This is also as Perikatan Nasional does not bring continuity, while Pakatan Harapan's record showed that it failed to fulfil its promises during its 22-month administration."

He also attributed the victory in Melaka to the Keluarga Malaysia concept introduced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob meeting residents in Alor Gajah, Melaka on 14 November.

Image via Bernama / New Straits Times

Ainul said the concept showed that BN was inclusive and acceptable, and also went on to say that BN chief minister candidate Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali brought continuity to the state's plans.

"He laid out plans for Melaka that gave a sense of stability and continuity to the people. Now, the state government needs a better economic solution. When Sulaiman was CM, BN delivered. So the Melaka people trusted it and voted for it again.

"PN is a new coalition, while PH needs to perform better. BN now has the advantage as it has a two-thirds majority, and the prime minister being from UMNO, actually is a bonus," shared Ainul.

Following the election results, netizens took to social media to show their confidence in BN

An Election Commission worker checking the temperature of a voter at SK Durian Daun, Melaka during the state election.

Image via Bernama / New Straits Times

Ryanna Raof: "Tahniah Tok Leman. We hope you will see us as a family, help those in need, and do not turn a deaf ear to our problems. We have chosen you because we have trust in you. So, please prove this."

Noraishah Kakchick: "Please continue to work for the rakyat. Do not waste the trust and confidence the rakyat have in you."

Zukefly Ahmas: "Hope that this will happen (victory of BN) in other states as well. This is time to embrace a new spirit and fight for the people."

H.J. Paying Rebin: "Melaka people have made the right decision. Wish that Melaka will continue to be prosperous."

Raimah Jusoh: "Use the trust of Melaka people as best as possible. Next is to retain the power of federal government."

Abd Hafiz Baharudin: "Please fulfil the manifesto and safeguard the people's wellbeing."

Additionally, UMNO vice-president Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said, "A big thank you to the people of Melaka who supported BN. We see a dynamic move in politics after four years. The people are back to supporting UMNO and BN."

He was speaking after officiating the opening of the Flight Simulation Centre belonging to the Malaysian Institute of Aviation Technology (UniKL MIAT) on 22 November.

This article originally appeared on New Straits Times, with rights to be republished on SAYS.

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