No drastic changes expected with the change of CM - analysts

30 Mar 2023 09:10pm
Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh
Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh

SHAH ALAM - Analysts say the change of chief minister in Melaka will not bring drastic changes as it is still led by the Barisan Nasional (BN) leadership.

Pakatan Harapan (PH) however could leverage on the change stewardship to field in coalition party leaders in the state government administration, they added.

Political Analyst Mujibu Abd Muis said that Unity Government in Melaka could be expected but unlikely.

"With the change chief minister, Unity government is expected to form a gorvernment there considering the cooperation between BN-PH.

"However, with BN's solid two-third majority, I don't see this happening," he told Sinar Daily.

He also said that Melaka Umno chairman Datuk Seri Ab Rauf Yusoh is the obvious pick to be the new chief minister based on his seniority and close relationship with Umno president.

With Ab Raub as the new chief minister, Mujibu said that the state administration will maintain business as usual with no drastic changes.

"It all depends on the new chief minister, what kind of direction he sets for the state but overall I don't see it going to be a drastic one," he said.

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Meanwhile, political expert Dr Oh Ei Sun said PH may want to be included in the new Melaka state government but it depends on BN's decision.

"PH may take advantage of the situation and push for its inclusion in the new Melaka state government. Let's see if Umno is willing to accommodate," he told Sinar Daily.

Dr Oh also described the possibility of PH-BN government in Melaka as good for coalescing their resources to fight in the upcoming state elections.

Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also Umno president, confirmed that Datuk Seri Sulaiman Md Ali had resigned as Melaka’s 12th Chief Minister.

Following that, Umno has proposed Ab Rauf Yusoh as the new Melaka Chief Minister.

Zahid said he had submitted Rauf's name and a letter to the Yang Dipertua Negeri Melaka Tun Mohd Ali Rustam to accept the resignation of Sulaiman as Chief Minister.