Re­de­lin­eation ex­er­cise un­healthy, says an­a­lyst


PO­LIT­I­CAL an­a­lyst Tang Ah Chai said un­der the pro­posed re­de­lin­eation of con­stituen­cies, the Op­po­si­tion can still main­tain its edge in Chi­nese-ma­jor­ity and ur­ban seats but will have prob­lems ex­tend­ing its in­flu­ence be­yond th­ese ar­eas.

He said one no­tice­able point of the ex­er­cise is the in­crease in the num­ber of vot­ers in most of the con­stituen­cies af­fected, par­tic­u­larly ur­ban and Chi­ne­se­ma­jor­ity seats, some of which have more than 100,000 vot­ers.

“This is very un­healthy,” Tang was quoted by China Press as say­ing in a re­port yes­ter­day.

He opined that the re­de­lin­eation ex­er­cise should re­sult in a drop, not in­crease, in the elec­torate size of large con­stituen­cies.

This is be­cause an elected rep­re­sen­ta­tive for a con­stituency with 100,000 vot­ers will have a lot more peo­ple to serve com­pared with a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from a smaller seat, say with 30,000 vot­ers, he pointed out.

It is not only a mat­ter of big dif­fer­ences in the num­ber of vot­ers, it also in­volves the work­load of elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives, he stressed, adding that this old prob­lem has not been ad­dressed in the re­de­lin­eation ex­er­cise.

Mean­while, Ori­en­tal Daily News re­ported that MCA stands a good chance to per­form bet­ter in the next gen­eral elec­tion al­though it will face tougher bat­tles in a num­ber of con­stituen­cies fol­low­ing the re­de­lin­eation ex­er­cise.

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