An­nuar: Crit­ics of EC mak­ing as­sump­tions


KUALA LUMPUR: Umno in­for­ma­tion chief Tan Sri An­nuar Musa has dis­missed sug­ges­tions that the pro­posed re­de­lin­eation of elec­toral bound­aries by the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC) is racially po­larised to favour Umno.

Re­fer­ring to re­cent state­ments by Barisan Na­sional com­po­nent par­ties on the is­sue, he said these were just opin­ions, and that those com­plain­ing were just mak­ing their own as­sump­tions.

“To me, as far as elec­tions are con­cerned, the re­sults and pat­terns are not some­thing per­ma­nent,” he said at a press con­fer­ence here yes­ter­day.

“Some­times peo­ple re­ject cer­tain par­ties and can­di­dates, but at other times they change,” he said, point­ing to the Sun­gai Be­sar and Kuala Kangsar by­elec­tions as ex­am­ples.

He said elec­tion re­sults could change even with­out any changes in elec­toral bound­aries. So if you say the de­lin­eation will bring out a cer­tain re­sult, that’s only an as­sump­tion,” he said.

Mean­while, MIC has iden­ti­fied two par­lia­men­tary seats and two state seats that will be af­fected by the EC ex­er­cise.

Party pres­i­dent Datuk Seri Dr S. Subra­ma­niam said the par­lia­men­tary seats are Ta­pah in Perak and Port Dick­son in Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan, and the state seats Lu­nas in Kedah and Sg Tua in Se­lan­gor.

“The re­de­lin­eation will af­fect the pro­posed can­di­dates (for the 14th gen­eral elec­tion). There­fore, we have in­structed the re­spec­tive state chair­men to sub­mit a protest to the EC by next week,” he told the press at MIC head­quar­ters yes­ter­day.

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