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.

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