Indie Candidate Campaigns On Horseback For Melaka Elections

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Melaka is going to the polls on 20 November. (Source: CNA)

How far would you go to get the word out? Well for this candidate in the upcoming Melaka elections, he’s pulling out all the stops, and putting on the jockstrap.

(Source: Bernama/Berita Harian)

Former lecturer Datuk Norazlanshah Hazali is an independent candidate for the Serkam seat, and graduated with a PhD in Food Science from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM).

In a creative move to abide by pandemic-imposed election guidelines, he mounted his horse Bonita while on the campaign trail, much to the amusement of the locals.

“Due to restrictions imposed under the new normal, campaigning on a horse is a good way to convey my message and convince residents to vote for me,” he said to Bernama.

It was reported that Norazlanshah made a two-kilometre journey with Bonita while visiting the nearby Kampung Paya Tanjung.

Contesting the seat under a pen symbol, the 41-year-old has promised affordable housing to the communities he seeks to serve, alongside resolving outstanding issues facing local fishermen.

The race for the Serkam seat sees a four-cornered fight between Norazlanshah, PAS-Perikatan Nasional’s Ahmad Bilal Rahudin, AMANAH-Pakatan Harapan candidate Muhammad Khomeini Kamal, and two-term incumbent Datuk Zaidi Attan of UMNO-Barisan Nasional.

Going up against the established political powers is always going to be a tough ask, but with Bonita by his side, they’re not going down without a fight.