IDEAS: Pledges to promote stability and transparency in Malacca state election positive, but institutional changes required

November 16, 2021

The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) is encouraged by the pledges made by both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan in their respective manifestos for the upcoming Malacca state elections to be held on 20th November, in which both emphasize political stability and equitable economic development. However, IDEAS warns that high promises by all the competing coalitions must be institutionalized in order to become meaningful. 

In particular, IDEAS expresses support for Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto’s pledges aimed towards promoting stability and transparency in Malacca’s politics, including the pledge to give equal allocations to all Malacca assemblymen regardless of party affiliation, a pledge to enact an anti-hopping enactment, a pledge to make it compulsory for all assemblymen to declare their assets, and to practice open tendering processes for all public procurement in the state.

Similarly, the Barisan Nasional manifesto also promised to give equal allocations to all assemblymen, a promise which they stated they would implement in the first 100 days. However, IDEAS regrets that Perikatan Nasional did not have similar pledges in their own recently released manifesto.