Livestock and animal feed trader Zamri Haron lost RM400,000 in heavy rains and floods last December that damaged his equipment and spoiled his stocks.
He received no government aid, and was forced to borrow money from friends and family to pay his workers and run the business.
As he casts his ballot in the election on Saturday, Zamri said he will be choosing a candidate who can help deal with financial losses and a slowing economy.
"As traders ourselves, we don't see the government helping or providing (aid). What we expect from the candidate who will lead this area is to be honest and help people," said Zamri.
Economic prospects and rising inflationary pressures are the top issues for the people in the Nov 19 election that comes amid an expected slowdown in growth.
People are also frustrated with recent political instability that they think has taken politicians' focus away from economic development.
Since 2018, Malaysia has seen three prime ministers and the collapse of two coalitions due to power struggles between factions.
This election is set to be a highly competitive race between three major coalitions led by Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, long time opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and former prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
Ismail's Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which was defeated in the last election in 2018 due to widespread corruption allegations, is trying to restore its image as the safest pair of hands for managing the economy.
Former prime minister Najib Razak, who is with BN, is in jail serving a 12-year sentence for graft over the multi-billion-dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB. Several other coalition leaders also face corruption charges.
Anwar and Muhyiddin had worked together to bring down Najib in 2018, and were allied in the subsequent short-lived coalition government headed by the venerable Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's longest-serving prime minister, who is again contesting at the age of 97.
BN has promised to provide monthly aid to lower-income households, free childcare and early education, and reduce taxes in an effort to address the voters' inflation concerns.
Opposition leader Anwar has also vowed to prioritise the economy and inflation. His coalition said it would offer production incentives and eliminate cartels to alleviate rising prices of food essentials.
About 74% of Malaysians surveyed by independent pollster Merdeka Center identified "economic concerns" as the country's biggest problem.
Inflation and enhancing economic growth were in the top five voter concerns, according to the Merdeka poll conducted in October.
"Cost of living will definitely be something that the new government will have to focus on," said Arinah Najwa Ahmad Said, senior analyst at political risk consultancy Bower Group Asia.
The new government will also have to address unemployment benefits as companies lay off employees in anticipation of difficult times ahead, she said.