’ New state seat should be cre­ated’

> Lim: Paya Terubong has 40,000 vot­ers com­pared to Air Pu­tih with 12,000

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

GE­ORGE TOWN: Chief Min­is­ter Lim Guan Eng has ques­tioned the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC) on why a new seat was not cre­ated from the Paya Terubong state con­stituency for a more equitable dis­tri­bu­tion of vot­ers.

This was posed to EC on Fri­day at the pub­lic hear­ing ses­sion on the de­lin­eation ex­er­cise.

Pe­nang Hous­ing, Town and Coun­try Plan­ning Com­mit­tee chair­man Jagdeep Singh dis­closed this as he and Lo­cal Government, Traf­fic Man­age­ment and Flood Mit­i­ga­tion Com­mit­tee chair­man Chow Kon Yeow had ac­com­pa­nied Lim for the meet­ing.

He said the Paya Terubong seat had some 40,000 vot­ers while nearby Air Pu­tih state seat had some 12,000 vot­ers.

He added the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion called for con­stituen­cies to have as equal num­ber of vot­ers as pos­si­ble and de­scribed the sit­u­a­tion in those two seats as an “acute sit­u­a­tion of in­equal­ity be­tween seats”.

“The gap is 3.67 times more be­tween the two in com­par­i­son and Lim asked why did the EC not see fit to cre­ate a new seat,” he said in a press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day.

Jagdeep said Chow ar­gued that some­thing had to be done as vot­ers in Paya Terubong in­creased over time. – by Aaron Ngui

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