State im­mune to op­po­si­tion on­slaught, says CM


PAKATAN Hara­pan (PH) has pledged to re­tain Selangor and Pe­nang, and add a third to its sta­ble in the 14th Gen­eral Elec­tion (GE14), but Melaka is cer­tainly not on its list of wish­ful think­ing.

It is gen­er­ally recog­nised that it will be no easy task for the op­po­si­tion to pen­e­trate the Barisan Na­sional fortress headed by Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Idris Haron.

Melaka BN, which con­trols 21 state seats out of 28, as well as four par­lia­men­tary seats from the six over­all seats in GE13, can be deemed im­mune to the op­po­si­tion’s on­slaught.

In fact, Idris’s ex­pe­ri­ence as a two-term mem­ber of par­lia­ment for Tangga Batu be­fore con­test­ing in the state seat of Sun­gai Udang, which led to him be­ing ap­pointed chief min­is­ter on May 7, 2013, will pave the way to a big vic­tory for Umno and BN in the state.

Sworn in as Melaka’s 10th chief min­is­ter at 47 years of age, Idris’ lead­er­ship is ad­mired by friends and op­po­nents alike.

Duy­ong as­sem­bly­man (now In­de­pen­dent) Goh Leong San praised and ac­knowl­edged Idris’ prow­ess, which led to his res­ig­na­tion as Melaka DAP chair­man on Oct 8, 2013.

In pre­par­ing for GE14, Idris has cre­ated the “24451” code, a strat­egy for the state BN to con­tinue to stand strong in Hang Tuah’s home­land.

Idris said Melaka BN would use the code to re­fer to its strat­egy of tar­get­ing as many of the 24 BNheld state seats, com­pared with four held by op­po­si­tion par­ties, while at the par­lia­men­tary level, tar­get­ing five BN seats, com­pared with only one held by the op­po­si­tion.

“We take into con­sid­er­a­tion the po­lit­i­cal sce­nario to­day.

“With Umno lead­ing, Melaka BN is in a strong po­si­tion to forge ahead with the 24451 code.

“We see the episodes of four for­mer DAP rep­re­sen­ta­tives leav­ing their party and now be­ing In­de­pen­dent can­di­dates, as giv­ing an ad­van­tage to BN.”

He pre­pared a new manifesto for BN Melaka which, is ex­pected to be an­nounced shortly.

Among oth­ers, Melaka vot­ers are promised an in­cin­er­a­tor for the garbage dis­posal cen­tre in Sun­gai Udang, aside from the con­struc­tion of a coastal high­way and the pro­vi­sion of the best road net­works, es­pe­cially in the city.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, the High-Speed Rail­way Project sta­tion in Durian Tung­gal, which con­nects Kuala Lumpur to Sin­ga­pore, will be con­structed, as well as the Health Train­ing Cen­tre.

“The new Melaka Hospi­tal is also in­cluded in the list of prom­ises, which the state BN in­tends to de­liver.”

Through­out the years, the state gov­ern­ment has con­tin­ued to at­tract de­vel­op­ment as well as in­vestors.

Since 2013, Idris has brought in about RM20 bil­lion of in­vest­ment to Melaka through di­verse projects.

Melaka is ranked fourth in terms of gross do­mes­tic prod­uct growth per capita, with an in­crease of 79.7 per cent from 2007 to 2015 at RM39,853.

The peo­ple of Melaka can be proud of Idris’ suc­cess in bring­ing in RM1.35 bil­lion of in­vest­ment ap­proved by the Malaysian In­vest­ment De­vel­op­ment Author­ity last year, with RM679.3 mil­lion from do­mes­tic in­vest­ment and RM675.5 mil­lion from for­eign in­vest­ment.

His con­cept of mod­er­a­tion, through the pi­o­neer­ing of the “Pil­grim­age of Love” pro­gramme ev­ery Thurs­day, has brought him closer to the com­mu­nity.

He heads a monthly gath­er­ing for civil ser­vice agen­cies at De­wan Seri Negeri, Ayer Keroh.

He is com­mit­ted to strength­en­ing the de­liv­ery of in­for­ma­tion as well as the in­tegrity of civil ser­vants.

From the aspect of hous­ing, he is in the fore­front in of­fer­ing af­ford­able hous­ing to the peo­ple, with house prices not ex­ceed­ing RM180,000.

Since four years ago, through a part­ner­ship with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, the state gov­ern­ment is de­vel­op­ing 62,644 units of Rumah Mampu Mi­lik or af­ford­able houses.

Of that num­ber, as many as 30,534 units have been de­vel­oped by state de­part­ments and agen­cies.

Look­ing at the BN track record in gov­ern­ing Melaka, it is quite dif­fi­cult for the op­po­si­tion to take over the state.


Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Idris Haron’s lead­er­ship is ad­mired by friends and foes alike.

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