‘ Ig­nore ru­mours on Par­lia­ment dis­so­lu­tion’

> EC: Dates men­tioned on so­cial me­dia ‘makes no sense’

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PUTRAJAYA: The Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC) has ad­vised the pub­lic to ig­nore ru­mours on so­cial me­dia about the dis­so­lu­tion of Par­lia­ment.

EC chair­man Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Ab­dul­lah ( pix) said Par­lia­ment could only be dis­solved with the con­sent of the Yang diPer­tuan Agong, on the ad­vice of the prime min­is­ter.

He said the dates stated in the ru­mours did not make sense – Jan 11 for the dis­so­lu­tion and March 11 and 25 as the dates for nom­i­na­tion and polling re­spec­tively.

Mohd Hashim said the pe­riod be­tween the Jan­uary and March dates ex­ceeds the 60-day limit dur­ing which a gen­eral elec­tion must be held.

Mean­while in Shah Alam, the first two days of the EC’s lo­cal in­quiry for its re­de­lin­eation ex­er­cise in Se­lan­gor saw a surprise turnout of ob­jec­tions by in­di­vid­u­als from Barisan Na­sional.

The in­quiry on the sec­ond day, which was to process ob­jec­tions from vot­ers at the present Subang, Gom­bak and Tan­jung Karang par­lia­men­tary con­stituen­cies, was at­tended by only one per­son.

MCA Subang branch mem­ber B.L. Yong ob­jected to the EC’s pro­posal to re­name and de­lin­eate Pe­tal­ing Jaya Utara (P106) as Da­mansara, and Subang (P107) as Sun­gai Bu­loh.

He said the re­de­lin­eation would cause both par­lia­men­tary seats to suf­fer from a huge voter dis­crep­ancy com­pared to other par­lia­men­tary seats in the state.

He said the EC’s plans would make Da­mansara the largest par­lia­men­tary seat in Se­lan­gor, with over 150,000 vot­ers, while Sun­gai Bu­loh would have about 70,000 vot­ers, cre­at­ing a 2.05:1 voter ra­tio.

On Wed­nes­day, the EC held its lo­cal in­quiry for the Am­pang, Subang and Ke­lana Jaya par­lia­men­tary seats.

Umno’s Kota Da­mansara as­sem­bly­man Datuk Hal­i­ma­ton Saa­diah Bohan protested EC’s pro­posal to shift the Sun­gai Bu­loh army camp from her con­stituency to the Paya Jaras state con­stituency, which she claimed would be detri­men­tal to her bid to re­tain the seat she won in 2013.

Am­pang Umno di­vi­sion chief Datuk Ismail Kijo had also op­posed EC’s plan to re­de­lin­eate two polling dis­tricts from Am­pang to Gom­bak.

The on­go­ing in­quiries are ex­pected to con­tinue past the New Year week­end and is sched­uled to be com­pleted by Jan 9.

Un­der Part II of the 13th Sched­ule of the Fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion, the EC is re­quired to hold in­quiries to con­sider ob­jec­tions fol­low­ing the man­dated re­de­lin­eation ex­er­cise.

Fol­low­ing the first round of in­quiries, the EC would de­cide if changes to its pro­pos­als are nec­es­sary, re­quir­ing them to dis­play the new pro­posal and al­low ob­jec­tions to be filed for 30 days.

The com­mis­sion may then hold the sec­ond and last round of lo­cal in­quiries on those ob­jec­tions be­fore mak­ing its fi­nal sub­mis­sion to the prime min­is­ter, who would then ta­ble it in Par­lia­ment for ap­proval by a sim­ple ma­jor­ity be­fore its is for­warded to the Yang di-Per­tuan Agong prior to be­ing gazetted as law.


Ah­mad Zahid be­ing briefed by Im­mi­gra­tion Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral Datuk Seri Musta­far Ali dur­ing his visit yes­ter­day to the Im­mi­gra­tion, Cus­toms, Quar­an­tine and Se­cu­rity com­plex in Tebedu, Sarawak. Also present is Sarawak Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Abang Jo­hari Abang Openg (in white shirt).

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