Melaka BN can regain opposition seats, say analysts
MELAKA: Melaka Barisan Nasional has the advantage of recapturing some of the seats that had previously fallen to the opposition, following the collapse of Pakatan Harapan (PH), which witnessed the split of two major opposition parties, Pas and DAP.
One is leading PH and the other Gagasan Sejahtera.
Universiti Teknologi Mara political analyst Associate Professor Dr Ismail Sualman said the DAP victory in Melaka before this was due to the strength of Pas voters.
“When the two major opposition parties split, BN stands to reap several benefits and it is not impossible for it to regain the seats lost to the opposition in the previous election.
“The leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron is also to be commended.
“He is responsible for many positive improvements in the state, among which is housing.
“Although the pace of development in the state is rapid, the state government has not forgotten to construct affordable homes for the people of Melaka,” he said.
Universiti Utara Malaysia political analyst Professor Dr Mohd Azizuddin Mohd Sani said the state government had never fallen into the hands of the opposition.
“The choice of candidates will play an important role for BN to remain at the helm of the administration of Melaka.
“If BN is brave enough to promote younger candidates as desired by BN Youth, and if the old leaders are willing to give way to new faces, this will form a new generation of leaders for the country,” he said.
Director of Malaysian Institute of Political Studies at Universiti Utara Malaysia Dr Kamarul Zaman Yusoff said it was not impossible for BN to regain the Bukit Katil parliamentary seat due to the lacklustre performance of PKR representative, Shamsul Iskandar.
“We see that despite his previous defeat, its former representative Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam is still giving excellent service to the voters there (Bukit Katil).
“Ali’s outstanding record as chief minister of Melaka as well as his involvement in non-governmental organisations is a plus point for BN.”
He said Ali’s age (68 years old) was not an issue in serving the community.
The leadership of Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron is to be commended.
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DR ISMAIL SUALMAN Universiti Teknologi Mara political analyst
The choice of candidates will play an important role for BN to remain at the helm of the administration of Melaka.
PROFESSOR DR MOHD AZIZUDDIN MOHD SANI Universiti Utara Malaysia political analyst