Pro­posed con­stituency changes bad for Ger­akan

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY KONG SEE HOH

GER­AKAN vice-pres­i­dent Datuk Do­minic Lau Hoe Chai says the in­crease in the num­ber of Chi­nese vot­ers in a num­ber of mixed seats the party in­tends to con­test un­der the pro­posed re­nam­ing and re­de­lin­eation of con­stituen­cies is detri­men­tal to the party.

It is un­der­stood that seven par­lia­men­tary and 12 state seats the party con­tested in the last gen­eral elec­tion will be af­fected by the ex­er­cise.

Of these seats, the par­lia­men­tary con­stituen­cies of Teluk In­tan and Taip­ing in Perak, Batu and Segam­but in Kuala Lumpur, Pu­chong in Se­lan­gor, Sim­pang Renggam in Jo­hor and the Bachang state seat in Malacca were orig­i­nally mixed ar­eas, with none of the eth­nic groups mak­ing up more than 50% of the elec­torate.

“Our analy­ses show that the per­cent­age of Chi­nese vot­ers in the ma­jor­ity of the mixed seats the party in­tends to con­test has now in­creased whereas Malay­ma­jor­ity con­stituen­cies see an in­crease in the num­ber of Malay vot­ers. This does not au­gur well for the party,” said Lau.

This is be­cause the party has a bet­ter chance of win­ning in mixed seats than in Chi­ne­se­ma­jor­ity seats, he said.

He said the ten­dency for the Chi­nese to vote for the Op­po­si­tion means Ger­akan has to de­pend more on the sup­port of other races in mixed seats.

Speak­ing to Sin Chew Daily in an in­ter­view pub­lished yes­ter­day, he said the pro­posed re­de­lin­eation of con­stituen­cies is seg­re­gat­ing vot­ers along racial lines.

This is against the multi-racial, multi-re­li­gious and multi-cul­tural ap­proach Malaysia has been em­pha­sis­ing, he said, adding that it is a very un­wise move.

“All this while, we have been talk­ing about unity and em­pha­sis­ing that multi-racial­ism is our great­est ad­van­tage. But now the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion is sep­a­rat­ing Malays and Chi­nese in elections. This is against the idea of racial unity.”

Nev­er­the­less, Lau stressed that the re­de­lin­eation ex­er­cise will not af­fect its list of can­di­dates for the next gen­eral elec­tion.

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