MELAKA TO REMAIN BN FORTRESS
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.