BN heads to discuss redelineation grouses
> It will complile a report for submission to EC
PASIR SALAK: Barisan Nasional (BN) will hold a special meeting on Thursday to study the dissatisfaction and objections raised by political parties on the proposed redelineation exercise by the Election Commission (EC).
BN secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who will chair the meeting, said all BN component parties’ secretaries-general and state BN and Umno liaison committee heads will attend the meeting to be held at the BN office in Kuala Lumpur.
“We will listen to their views and suggestions before a report is compiled and submitted to the EC for further action before Oct 14,” he told reporters after officiating at the Pasir Salak Umno division meeting, also attended by division chief Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman here yesterday.
Political party leaders both from BN and Opposition have protested against the proposed exercise which will create movements of voters from one constituency to another.
Among the dissatisfaction raised was the concentration of a certain race in some constituencies.
“We want multiracial parliament seats,” said Tengku Adnan, stressing the exercise was solely conducted by the commission, as an independent body.
“BN or Umno has no hand in it. Once in eight to 12 years such an exercise is carried out due to the increase in population and district council jurisdiction. This time the protests grew louder.”
Tengku Adnan said since the electoral changes were just a proposal, BN/Umno would suggest counter-proposals based on the feedback.
On former Umno vice-president Mohd Shafie Apdal taking over a political party in Sabah to contest in the coming general election, Tengku Adnan said: “He is not a threat to BN in Sabah as the state is well managed by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.”
Meanwhile in Penang, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng told reporters the meeting was “a mere show” and that a legal move to challenge the EC’s proposals could be initiated, though it would be a mammoth task.
Nonetheless, a state-level Pakatan Harapan meeting would be held in Penang tonight to discuss the exercise and its effect on the democratic process, he said after launching Science Corner in Seberang Jaya yesterday.