MELAKA: Umno has urged locals not to experiment with their votes, saying that making the wrong choice at the ballot box would lead to political instability.
Party secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan said Melaka voters had “erred” when they voted for Pakatan Harapan in the 14th General Election (GE14) in 2018.
“As a result, it led to the appointment of three prime ministers and two chief ministers within two years.
“We should not experiment with our votes. The experiment of changing the government on May 9, 2018, has proven to be a mistake.
“It led to instability and a high political cost to the country and state. That is why Barisan Nasional’s theme is about stability and prosperity,” he told reporters after visiting the media centre at a hotel here yesterday.
Ahmad said despite fielding many new faces, Barisan’s candidates were not political greenhorns as some were division youth chiefs, Puteri and Wanita chiefs, and others.
With seven more days to go before polling, he said campaigning would proceed in accordance with the standard operating procedure.
Barisan will be contesting all 28 seats, with Umno taking 20, MCA (seven) and MIC (one).
Of the 28 candidates, 24 of them are new faces with just four incumbents retained.
After GE14, Melaka was ruled by Pakatan.
However, in March 2020, the state government was toppled following the defection of four assemblymen, and it was replaced by Perikatan Nasional led by Umno’s Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali.
On Oct 4 this year, former chief minister and Sungai Udang assemblyman Datuk Seri Idris Haron led a group of three assemblymen – Datuk Norhizam Hassan Baktee (Pengkalan Batu), Datuk Noor Effandi Ahmad (Telok Mas) and Datuk Nor Azman Hassan (Pantai Kundor) – to retract their support for the Perikatan state government.
The Melaka state assembly was dissolved on Oct 5, paving the way for the state election.
Early voting will be on Nov 16 while polling is on Nov 20.