MELAKA: If the legendary French astrologer Nostradamus was still alive today, he may predict that it would be not be easy for Pakatan Harapan to retain Melaka for a second term.
This is because many people in the state have begun losing faith in the current administration.
After a year, people in the state are claiming that there has not been much improvement in their standard of living.
They are saying job opportunities are fewer, and there is less foreign direct investment (FDI) coming in despite the state government announcing a number of new investments.
There are also claims that people who write critical comments on certain Melaka leaders in the Internet have been threatened with legal suits.
The online criticisms were quickly dismissed by the state government, which instead blamed them on Barisan Nasional cybertroopers.
Even reporters have not been spared from attacks by Pakatan politicians. Certain leaders, not happy with news reports critical of them, have openly labelled some journalists working in the state as “Barisan mouthpieces.”
Some executive councillors are said to be aloof and unwilling to listen to ideas.
The Melaka Pakatan government is “old wine in a new bottle” where cronyism and nepotism exist, said political pundit Chong Jinn How.
Chong also feels that certain leaders continue to use the racial card to gain support, which he described as hypocrisy.
“People were getting fed up seeing these leaders going back to the old style of manipulating race and religion,” he said.
A bright side of the Pakatan state government is Chief Minister Adly Zahari (pic), who is seen as a hardworking and down-to-earth leader.
He has instituted mechanisms to help the underprivileged and youth, and is working to see to the needs of various segments of society.
Adly has focused on providing affordable homes and dozens of houses that were built for the hardcore poor in just a year.
However, the Chief Minister is perceived as being too lenient and unable to control his recalcitrant officials. Political watchers said the state government can rectify these problems by reshuffling or changing its exco members.
Basic needs should be looked into while bread-and-butter issues should be given priority.
Finally, the state government should stop blaming the previous administration for its problems.
The people want the Pakatan state government to prove its worth – otherwise, they will decide to make a change through the ballot box.