Thursday, October 13, 2016

PKR, DAP submit over 50 objections against redelineation

Anne Muhammad     Published     Updated

The Selangor branches of PKR and DAP today submitted more than 50 objections to the Election Commission (EC) against its redelineation exercise.

The opposition parties said they believed the redelineation exercise is unfair, political in nature and will lead to a split among the races in particular areas.

PKR's Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin pointed out how all areas in Selangor would be affected by the exercise.

Racial unity would also be affected, Zuraida added, as one area would only see only one race as the majority.

“We are sending these objections to show our objection to the redelineation exercise.

“This shows that Selangor is serious when it comes to the redelineation exercise, since the EC has failed to even follow basic principles,” the PKR Wanita chief told a press conference at the EC office in Selangor.

The objections were submitted to Selangor EC deputy director Kamarul Azman Ahmad Sabri at its headquarters in Shah Alam.

Also present was PSM's Sri Andalas state assemblyperson Dr Xavier Jayakumar, who said concentrating one race in a particular area would not reflect ‘one Malaysia’.

He added that the EC's move may lead to an apartheid policy similar to what was once practised in South Africa.

“This is a very serious matter, it will lead to a split among races despite the country being multiracial for the past 59 years," he said.

Kota Lanjan state representative Elizabeth Wong, Kota Anggerik representative Yaakob Sapari, Batu Tiga assemblyperson Rodziah Ismail, Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming, Kota Alam Shah representative V Ganabatirau and Kinrara assemblyperson Ng Sze Han were also present.

Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor had previously denied claims that the redelineation exercise would only benefit Barisan Nasional.

Tengku Adnan claimed that many in the ruling coalition were unhappy with the exercise, and he had instructed BN component parties to submit their objections through the right channel.

But Ong said if BN parties were not in agreement with the EC, they should then lend their support to the opposition once the matter is raised in Parliament.
Ong added that they should submit their objections as soon as possible as the last day to do so is tomorrow.
However, Zuraida said Tengku Adnan’s statement was a mere “gimmick” on the part of BN.

“It’s just their gimmick to show that they are supposedly unhappy with the redelineation exercise.

“Yes, the opposition is raising this matter because the exercise is not being conducted according to laws and redelineation policies,” she added.

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