MELAKA: Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan (pic) has reminded locals not to "experiment" with their votes ahead of polling day on Nov 20.
He said making the wrong choice at the ballot box will lead to political instability.
Ahmad said Melaka voters had made the wrong choice when they voted for Pakatan Harapan in the 14th General Election in 2018 and as a result, it led to the appointment of three prime ministers and two chief ministers in merely two years.
"We should not experiment by voting for others. People had 'experimented' by changing the government on May 9, 2018 and that 'experiment' has proven to be a mistake.
"It has led to instability which triggered many issues, like the appointment of three prime ministers and two chief ministers in two years," he told reporters after visiting the media centre at Hotel Kobemas on Saturday (Nov 13).
"That is why Barisan Nasional's theme is about stability and prosperity. We don't want this state election to be an experiment that comes at a great political cost to the country and the state," he added.
In 2018, Melaka was led by Pakatan after GE14.
However, in March 2020, the Melaka state government was toppled following the defection of incumbent Pengkalan Batu assemblyman Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee and incumbent Rembia assemblyman Datuk Muhammad Jailani Khamis.
It was then replaced by a Barisan/Perikatan Nasional state government led by Umno's Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali.
On Oct 4 this year, former chief minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron led a group of three assemblymen - Norhizam, Noor Effandi Ahmad (Telok Mas) and Datuk Nor Azman Hassan (Pantai Kundor) to retract support for the state government.
The Melaka state assembly was dissolved on Oct 4, after the state government collapsed.
Meanwhile, Ahmad said Barisan’s candidates are not political greenhorns. despite being new faces.
"They have been division youth chiefs, division puteri chiefs, wanita division chiefs and many others, so they are not new in politics.
"Though they are new faces, they have learned and adapted really fast. That is why I'm happy."
At the same time, Ahmad said he had previously raised an issue on the need to relax Covid-19 SOP during campaigns, but lamented that there was no response.
"There's only seven more days left...But it's okay, we will do what we can under the present SOP," he added.
Barisan will be contesting all 28 seats, with Umno taking on 20, MCA (seven) and MIC (one).
Barisan election director Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan has said that of all the 28 candidates, 24 of them are new faces, and only four incumbents were retained.
The upcoming Melaka state election will see multi-cornered fights in all 28 seats, with Perikatan, Barisan and Pakatan fielding candidates in all 28 seats.
Early voting will be on Nov 16, while polling will be held on Nov 20.