’ New state seat should be created’
> Lim: Paya Terubong has 40,000 voters compared to Air Putih with 12,000
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