Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Electoral group defies Pandikar, will upload redelineation report

Noel Achariam Liow Sze Xian

Electoral group defies Pandikar, will upload redelineation report
Wong Chin Huat, member of electoral reform group Engage, says the group will upload the redelineation report embargoed by Parliament on its website. Wong will also pay the RM1,000 that comes with the offence. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Farhan Nazmi, March 27, 2018.
AN electoral reform pressure group will be uploading the embargoed redelination report on its website, in defiance of a directive by Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia.

Wong Chin Huat, a member of Engage said, it will upload the more than 1000-page report on its website in the next few hours.

"This is report is crucial for all Malaysians to read because what is being done in the redelineation process is not right.

"The report should be scrapped because the inquiry processes in the report was a complete sham," he said at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall today.

Wong said that the report should be up on the website within the next hour.

“After this press conference, I will go to Parliament and pay my RM1,000 fine.

“I am breaking the law consciously and respectfully for all Malaysians so they will be able to view the report,” he declared.

The EC's report was issued to MPs on Thursday but lawmakers are barred from releasing or distributing it before it is debated and endorsed by Parliament tomorrow.

Pandikar had said the document, which is available only to MPs, cannot be distributed or published until it is tabled by the government. 

"Why is the report under embargo, as it will affect the future of all Malaysians for the next two elections?

"The powers that be don’t want Malaysians to know (the content before their MPs vote on it tomorrow) so I feel compelled to reveal what I have learned from studying through the two volumes of the reports.

"Malaysians need to know some of the alarming and disastrous implications of this proposal."

Wong said he violated Section 9 of the House of Parliament (Privileges and Powers) Act by releasing the report.

He also called on all parliamentarians to vote against the report.

Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali had said Pandikar’s decision to embargo the report is a betrayal to democracy.

The Gombak MP said the redelineation proposal for Peninsular Malaysia had been displayed to the public in one form or another over the past 18 months.

"There is no valid reason that the speaker of Parliament should withhold the final report from the public since it directly affects their democratic right to elect representatives to Parliament.  

"Withholding this is nothing more than an act of sheer arbitrariness," he said. – March 27, 2018.

~ The Malaysian Insight

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