Par­ties want racial break­down of seats

> Rea­son: To de­ter­mine whether EC’s re­de­lin­eation move will cre­ate racially bi­ased con­stituen­cies

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY G. SURACH, LEE CHOON FAI AND AMAR SHAH MOHSEN

PETALING JAYA: Po­lit­i­cal par­ties from both sides of the di­vide have called on the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC) to pro­vide the racial break­down of con­stituen­cies that will be af­fected by its pro­posed re­de­lin­eation ex­er­cise.

MCA cen­tral com­mit­tee mem­ber Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker told theSun that this is nec­es­sary as the EC is ac­count­able to the rakyat and po­lit­i­cal par­ties.

“The EC must re­veal these sta­tis­tics so that ev­ery­one will know whether the ex­er­cise would make these newly drawn seats racially bi­ased or not. It is good gov­er­nance on their part to do so,” he said yes­ter­day.

Clar­i­fy­ing that the party is not ob­ject­ing to the ex­er­cise “lock, stock and bar­rel”, Ti said MCA is reg­is­ter­ing its ob­jec­tion be­cause it be­lieves the re­draw­ing of some seats could lead to un­healthy pol­i­tics.

“Based on re­search, this does not au­gur well for the coun­try should seats be re­drawn based on racial bias. It would only serve to ben­e­fit right-wing par­ties and not par­ties like MCA, that be­lieves in mod­er­a­tion.

“There must be a fair and jus­ti­fied rea­son by the EC in de­ter­min­ing the re­draw­ing of new seats,” he said.

Echo­ing a sim­i­lar opin­ion, Ger­akan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang said it would be help­ful for the EC to pro­vide the racial break­down.

“We have been re­search­ing sev­eral seats in­volved in the re­de­lin­eation and based on the racial break­down from the pre­vi­ous elec­toral roll, we are con­cerned some seats would be turned into race-ma­jor­ity seats.

“As a mul­tira­cial party, this is not good for us or the rakyat. To see the seats be­com­ing racially po­larised threat­ens Ger­akan’s chances,” he said.

The MIC, in claim­ing there are some con­cerns over the re­de­lin­eation pro­pos­als, said party would meet to­day to dis­cuss the mat­ter.

MIC pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr S. Subra­ma­niam said he would meet all state chair­men this evening for their views be­fore de­cid­ing whether to file an ob­jec­tion to the EC.

“I have asked all state chair­men to study in de­tail the im­pli­ca­tions of the ex­er­cise. If there are ar­eas that we are un­happy about, we will file an ob­jec­tion,” he told a press con­fer­ence here yes­ter­day.

Mean­while, Se­lan­gor DAP rec­om­mended that a snap elec­tion be held in the state be­fore the EC’s re­de­lin­eation ex­er­cise is com­pleted.

State DAP chair­man Tony Pua said the shift­ing of vot­ers and re­draw­ing of boundaries would leave the fed­eral Op­po­si­tion in a very bad po­si­tion to re­tain the state.

“We are not as­sured of win­ning even based on the cur­rent con­stituen­cies. What we are say­ing is the chances are even worse after the re­de­lin­eation,” he told re­porters at a press con­fer­ence held at the DAP head­quar­ters yes­ter­day.

Umno too has ex­pressed its ob­jec­tions over the pro­posed re­de­lin­eation as the party con­tin­ues to re­ceive feed­back from its grass­roots.

In a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day, party sec­re­tary-gen­eral Datuk Seri Tengku Ad­nan Tengku Man­sor said Umno will be bring­ing the is­sue up at the party’s man­age­ment meet­ing and also the supreme coun­cil meet­ing that will be held at the end of the month.

He also said Umno strongly re­futes spec­u­la­tion and provoca­tive state­ments by var­i­ous quar­ters that the ex­er­cise is a ploy to give full ad­van­tage to the party in the forth­com­ing 14th gen­eral elec­tion.

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... Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Ab­dul Razak con­grat­u­lates the newly ap­pointed po­lit­i­cal sec­re­tary of the Ur­ban Wel­fare, Hous­ing and Lo­cal Govern­ment Min­istry, Datuk Faizal Ab­dul­lah, after a swear­ing-in cer­e­mony at the Prime Min­is­ter's Of­fice in Pu­tra­jaya yes­ter­day.

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