State elections an indicator of unity government's support
SHAH ALAM – The ongoing state elections will be an indicator of unity government's support for the next five years.
While the campaign season is underway at six states, some may underestimate its importance.
The state election has the potential to determine the state's alignment with the prime minister's administration to foster better governance, facilitate smoother decision-making processes and formulate better policies.
Some are convinced the unity government will win Selangor as most support PH, with state leaders well received by voters.
However, Perikatan Nasional (PN) has instilled a level of uncertainty into the political landscape. This comes after the opposition coalition made up of Bersatu, Pas and Gerakan secured the second-highest number of votes in the last general election (GE15), surprising many, including PH.
The euphoria of the unexpected win remains in this state election with PN relentless campaigning efforts to promote its party and policies.
Some have even accused PN of mirroring PH's manifesto. Notably, candidates such as Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, the former cabinet minister and former Selangor menteri besar who is contesting in Hulu Kelang are constantly engaging with residents.
However, will PN be able keep its GE15 momentum is something that remains to be seen as five others states - Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan are undergoing elections.
According to a survey by Sinar, 85 per cent of supporters have made their electoral decisions for the upcoming state election on Aug 12.
While a majority of these may be PH supporters, it still remains uncertain if PH could retain Selangor.