Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Bersih hopes MPs will reject Sarawak redelineation for sake of voters

BY JENNIFER GOMEZ

Bersih chairman Maria Chin Abdullah has criticised the Election Commission for a badly done Sarawak redelineation. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, December 2, 2015.

Bersih chairman Maria Chin Abdullah has criticised the Election Commission for a badly done Sarawak redelineation. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, December 2, 2015.
In a last ditch attempt, electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 hopes Parliament will reject the Sarawak redelineation proposal tabled today and instead set up a select committee to relook the process to ensure the boundaries are fairly drawn according to the principle of one person, one vote, one value.
Bersih chairman Maria Chin Abdullah, who was in the Dewan Rakyat to observe the debate, also expressed disappointment that the speaker only allocated two hours to debate the motion.
"There is going to be a state election soon where one million voters are going to be affected and only two hours are allocated for debating.
"This is going to affect how they vote and how they will be represented," Maria told reporters outside the Parliament later.
She also criticised the Election Commission (EC) for a badly done redelineation, saying that Parliament was in fact debating a "bad delineation" which failed to consider equal representation and local ties.
"What has happened instead, is that voters have been shifted to facilitate a certain voting pattern. That is a distortion.
"In many ways, the SPR is already determining the results of the Sarawak elections and is denying voters from deciding what they want for their state," she said, referring to the EC by its Malay acronym.
Maria also hit out at the EC for not giving enough information to voters in Sarawak, but could furnish Parliament with a detailed report today.
"The information in Parliament today is not the one given to voters in Sarawak.
"When they made their objection, they did not do so based on the information in the report in Parliament today," she said.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak tabled the EC's Sarawak redelineation proposal, which is expected to be passed and gazetted by the end of the day’s sitting.
Najib said the EC report, which was given to MPs as a statute paper last week, maintained 31 parliamentary seats for Sarawak while increasing the number of state seats from 71 to 82. – December 2, 2015.
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