836 ob­jec­tions

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FRONT PAGE - G. SURACH

PETAL­ING JAYA: The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion ( EC) has re­ceived 836 ob­jec­tions to its pro­posed re­de­lin­eation ex­er­cise for the penin­sula and Sabah.

Its chair­man Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Ab­dul­lah said the ob­jec­tions were re­ceived through­out the month-long dis­play and ob­jec­tion pe­riod, which ended on Oct 14.

“Un­der Sched­ule 13 of the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion, the EC will now con­duct lo­cal in­quiries to hear all rep­re­sen­ta­tions via t he state gov­ern­ment and lo­cal coun­cils in the re­spec­tive ar­eas.

“The EC will in­form those who had put in their ob­jec­tions on the date, time and place of the hear­ing through l et­ters,” he said i n a statement yes­ter­day.

He also ex­pressed the EC’s a ppre­ciat i o n to t h o s e who co­op­er­ated through­out the dis­play and ob­jec­tion pe­riod f or t he re­de­lin­eation ex­er­cise.

Fed­eral seats af­fected in­clude five in Se­lan­gor, three in Perak, and one each in Kedah, Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan and Jo­hor.

The Ser­dang seat ( P102) i n Se­lan­gor is to be re­named Bangi while Petal­ing Jaya Utara (P106) is to

be changed to Damansara.

Changes in Perak in­clude the re­nam­ing of the Beruas (P068) seat to Ayer Tawar, while Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi, who is the MP for Ba­gan Da­tok, would see a slight change to the spelling of his con­stituency to Ba­gan Da­toh.

In Jo­hor, Bukit Ser­am­pang (N07) would be changed to Bukit Ke­pong, Jo­rak (N08) to Bukit Pasir, Sun­gai Agong (N13) to Sim­pang Jeram, Tan­jong Su­rat (N39) to Tan­jung Su­rat and Tan­jong Pu­teri (N44) to Larkin.

Op­po­si­tion MPs have claimed the ex­er­cise would in­volve a huge trans­fer of vot­ers, with Petal­ing Jaya Utara (Damansara) mov­ing from around 85,000 vot­ers in 2013 to over 150,000, mak­ing it the con­stituency with the largest num­ber of vot­ers.

Pu­tra­jaya, mean­while, would have only 18,000 vot­ers or just 12% of what Damansara would have.

Apart from the Op­po­si­tion, ob­jec­tions had also been filed by Barisan Na­sional com­po­nent par­ties MCA, MIC and Ger­akan. Umno has also put on record that it is un­happy with the pro­posed changes.

Yes­ter­day, the Se­lan­gor gov­ern­ment said it would file a ju­di­cial re­view ap­pli­ca­tion soon against the ex­er­cise.

Men­tri Be­sar Datuk Seri Mo­hamed Azmin Ali said the state gov­ern­ment wanted the EC’s pro­posal to be sus­pended until the mat­ter is heard in court.

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