‘It’s not a BN strat­egy’

> Hisham­mud­din re­futes claims EC’s re­de­lin­eation plans are to help BN

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno vice-pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Hisham­mud­din Hus­sein de­nied yes­ter­day that the pro­posed re­de­lin­eation of elec­toral bound­aries in Penin­su­lar Malaysia and Sabah by the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC) is a strat­egy by Barisan Na­sional (BN).

“How is this a strat­egy by Barisan Na­sional if even I as Umno vice-pres­i­dent don’t know what the EC is do­ing?”

Hisham­mud­din, who is Sem­brong MP, said he will look into what the EC has planned and bring it to Par­lia­ment for de­bate.

“All the dis­sent­ing par­ties can de­bate it in Par­lia­ment,” he said af­ter of­fi­ci­at­ing at the ground-break­ing cer­e­mony of a hous­ing pro­ject by Lem­baga Tabung Angkatan Ten­tera or Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT) in Bukit Jalil.

In JO­HOR BARU, Ge­lang Patah MCA divi­sion deputy chair­man Tan Ba Ba said the elec­toral re­de­lin­eation is ex­pected to see about 13,000 vot­ers re­moved from the Ge­lang Patah par­lia­men­tary con­stituency to Ku­lai.

He said the re­de­lin­eation would in­volve five polling dis­tricts, namely Sri Pu­lai, Ulu Choh, Ban­dar Ulu Choh, Ter­atai and Pu­lai.

“The EC should re­con­sider main­tain­ing the bound­ary seats as we (Barisan Na­sional and MCA) have been fo­cus­ing fully on these polling dis­tricts all this while,” he said.

In IPOH, Perak DAP said Pakatan Hara­pan could lose two state seats – Changkat Jer­ing and Sun­gai Ra­pat – in the forth­com­ing gen­eral elec­tion if the pro­posed re­de­lin­eation goes through.

State DAP sec­re­tary Wong Kah Woh, who is also Can­ning state assem­bly­man, said a large num­ber of vot­ers would be re­moved from the two con­stituen­cies, which could lead to vic­to­ries for BN.

In PE­NANG, the state gov­ern­ment has said it will file an ob­jec­tion be­fore Oct 14 (when the in­spec­tion pe­riod for the pro­posed re­de­lin­eation ex­er­cise ends).

Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng, who is DAP sec­re­tary-gen­eral, said the re­de­lin­eation would af­fect two state seats, namely Paya Terubong and Air Pu­tih, the lat­ter held by him.

“The re­de­lin­eation in­creases vot­ers in Paya Terubong to 41,000 while my con­stituency is re­duced to 12,000 vot­ers,” he said.

Mean­while, elec­toral watch­dog Ber­sih 2.0 has called on vot­ers to ob­ject the re­de­lin­eation pro­pos­als, claim­ing the EC has cre­ated fur­ther malap­por­tioned seats.

“The EC has failed to abide by its duty to the Con­sti­tu­tion by fail­ing to cor­rect malap­por­tion­ment in the lat­est re­de­lin­eation ex­er­cise. They have also com­mit­ted ac­tive vi­o­la­tions like ger­ry­man­der­ing and neg­li­gence with this ex­er­cise,” its steer­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Dr Wong Chin Huat told re­porters at a press con­fer­ence here.

On the com­ing gen­eral elec­tion, Parti Amanah Ne­gara com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor Khalid Sa­mad said PAS’ non-com­mit­tal stance would be a prob­lem in pre­dict­ing the out­come of an elec­tion for Pakatan Rakyat.

“We would surely win if we were a strong coali­tion of PAS, PKR and DAP but it is hard to say now, as PAS may be­come a spoiler,” he told re­porters at Amanah head­quar­ters here.

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