UMNO's Sulaiman Md Ali Sworn In As Melaka CM After BN Comfortably Wins The State Polls

Sulaiman returned to the chief minister post with a thumping 3,104 majority a month after his government collapsed due to four assemblymen withdrawing support and two of them defecting to the opposition.

Cover image via Sulaiman Md Ali (Facebook)

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UMNO's Sulaiman Md Ali is back as the Melaka chief minister after having defended his Lendu seat against Perikatan Nasional's (PN) Abdullah Mahadi and Pakatan Harapan's (PH) Mohamad Asri Ibrahim

Sulaiman was sworn in as the 13th Chief Minister of Melaka at 1am today, 21 November, by the state Yang di-Pertua Negeri, according to a statement posted on Sulaiman's Facebook page.

His swearing-in ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, Barisan Nasional (BN) chief Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, his deputy Mohamad Hasan, and former prime minister Najib Razak among others.

BN comfortably secured 21 constituencies out of the total 28 seats, winning the just-concluded Melaka polls with a two-thirds majority

Of the remaining seven seats, two were won by Bersatu-led PN, while PH managed to win five.

In BN's 21 seats, one was won by MIC, two by MCA, and a whopping 18 by UMNO. During the last state elections, the coalition had only managed to win 13 out of the 28 seats.

Meanwhile, PKR, which is part of the PH coalition, lost all of the 11 seats it contested.

Sulaiman said that BN's victory is a reflection of the people's need to have a stable government. He promised to do his best to serve.

He returned to the chief minister post a month after his government collapsed due to four assemblymen withdrawing support with two of them defecting to the opposition.

While one of the four former state assemblymen did not contest, the three who did were ignored by the voters. Of the three, two contested on PH ticket, while one ran independently.

The four defectors: From left to right: Norhizam Hassan Baktee, Idris Haron, Noor Effandi Ahmad, and Nor Azman Hassan.

Image via Syafeeq Ahmad/Berita Harian

The newly sworn-in CM took to Facebook to express his gratitude:

Meanwhile, in the lead up to the polls, an initiative by a local youth group had identified more than a dozen cases of racial and religious sentiments in campaigning by Melaka poll candidates:

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