MELAKA: Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron has won the Sungai Udang state seat with a reduced majority against Mohd Lokman Abdul Ghani of Pakatan Harapan.
Sources said as of 11.30pm, the parliamentary seats of Alor Gajah, Jasin, Tangga Batu and Hang Tuah Jaya were said to have fallen to Pakatan.
They also said many state seats have also been won by Pakatan. Among them were Durian Tunggal, Bukit Katil, Gadek, Klebang, Bemban, Rim, Ayer Keroh, Bandar Hilir, Kota Laksamana, Kesidang, Machap Jaya, Telok Mas, Rembia and Paya Rumput.
As at 3.25am, Pakatan won 15 state seats against Barisan’s 13.
It was learnt that PAS lost all the seats it contested. A state Barisan official said the coalition won four of the five state seats in Masjid Tanah.
“We lost many rural seats in Alor Gajah and Jasin (parliamentary seats). That was shocking news to us.
“We had underestimated people’s sentiments and took the grassroots for granted,” he added.
PKR vice-president Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin sent a message to Pakatan supporters at about 11pm saying that everyone in Pakatan is waiting for the official result to see whether they can form the state government.
As at midnight, the Election Commission (EC) only announced that the Kuala Linggi, Tanjung Bidara and Pantai Kundor state seats were won by Barisan.
Political observers said the loss by Barisan candidates was more due to local issues, including claims of dissatisfaction by party members over the party’s decision to field three-term or four-term incumbents as candidates.
Pockets of dissatisfaction surfaced just after the candidates were named in mid-April. But Barisan had allegedly failed to quell the resentment.
An observer said that Barisan was hampered by unfavourable developments in Melaka which led to the loss of prized parliamentary seats.