PM a factor in Melaka win for BN

The Malaysian Family concept that Ismail Sabri introduced has created harmony and stability in the country by bringing down the political temperature

by TMR / pic courtesy of Utusan Malaysia

THE leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob at the federal level is seen to be the catalyst for Barisan Nasional’s (BN) win in the Melaka state election over the weekend, analyst says.

Senior Universiti Utara Malaysia lecturer Dr Kamarul Zaman Yusoff said he did not discount the feel-good factor that the Umno VP brought to the elections.

He said based on history, the tendency for voters in many states is to vote for the party of the sitting PM.

“This is due to the pragmatism that will allow development in those states to continue and the funds to keep coming.

“Since Ismail Sabri became PM in August, there have been no major issues brought up by the Opposition.

“The ‘Kerajaan Gagal’ tagline which had plagued the previous government has also been dulled with the success of the government’s vaccination programme to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The Malaysian Family concept that Ismail Sabri introduced, in addition to his personality, has created harmony and stability in the country by bringing down the political temperature,” he said.

On Saturday, BN won 21 out of 28 seats that were contested for the Melaka State Assembly.

Kamarul Zaman said Pakatan Harapan (PH) did not have the means to attack the government effectively, including in the campaign for the Melaka election.

“This is the result of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the transformation and political stabilisation signed between the Ismail Sabri administration and PH leadership last September.

“Through the MoU, the government extended privileges and accommodated the PH leadership, including consulting them in the drafting of Budget 2022.

“It is because the demands of the PH leadership have, or are, being met. It is clear that the PH leadership has lost its ability to attack the government,” he said.

Budget 2022 Malaysian Family sparks confidence

THE Barisan Nasional (BN) win in Melaka over the weekend had a lot to do with the confidence of the people towards Budget 2022 Malaysian Family that was presented by Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz in the Dewan Rakyat last month.

A voter, Abdul Razak Abu Bakar, 59, said the budget demonstrated the caring nature of the federal government under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob in ensuring that the welfare of the people is taken care of, especially in dealing with Covid-19.

“BN won because the rakyat missed the facilities that had been given by that party and the budget that was tabled played a part.

“One of my sons who is single received RM350 under the budget,” he said in Melaka.

Abdul Razak said under the proposed budget, the people can judge the seriousness of the government to look after the people who are in difficulties including the giving out of RM2,000 to households earning less than RM2,500 a month.

Meanwhile, Fazelina Mat Lui, 49, who lives in Ayer Molek, said she appreciated the aid given by the government, especially those given out to parents who are struggling financially.

“The government has provided RM150 for schoolchildren and that is enough to provide relief for parents in these challenging times.

“So, of course, these good things go in some way to influence our decisions to vote for a new state government,” said the mother of three.

Another voter who is a member of a mosque administration committee, who only wanted to be identified as Hakim said he welcomed the RM500 being proposed for all mosque committee members.

“This aid is a noble gift to ensure all committee members can fulfil their duties well.

“Of course, this generosity of the government was taken into account especially since it provided welfare for religion and community,” he said.

BN succeeded in forming a new stable government in Melaka by winning 21 out of 28 seats in the state assembly.