BUKIT LANJAN: EC is blatantly irresponsible and ridiculous to ‘rakyat dan negara’
BUKIT LANJAN: EC is blatantly irresponsible and ridiculous to 'rakyat dan negara’
Malaysia’s Election Commission (EC) is just unblievable and irresponsible to the rakyat dan negara (people and country).
Does the EC think Malaysians are idiots, stupid morons?
“What justification or common sense is the EC using to increase the number of voters in a parliamentary seat by almost double to 160,000,” Gerakan Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.
“Why is the EC behaving and making delineation decisions that do not make sense? The EC is a disgrace to Malaysians,” he added.
Syed Razak protested against the “gerrymandering of the highest order” after submitting his objections at the inquiry into the EC’s proposed redelineation of electoral boundaries.
Here’s what online news portal Free Malaysia Today reported:
"January 3, 2018
Gerakan man flays EC for ‘gerrymandering of the highest order’
|Bukit Lanjan Gerakan coordinator Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff called the EC proposal “gerrymandering of the highest order”|
The redelineation proposal also calls for renaming P106, now known as Petaling Jaya Utara, to Damansara and merging into it parts of the constituencies of Selayang, Bukit Lanjan, Sungai Buloh and Kepong.
Bukit Lanjan Gerakan coordinator Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff protested against the “gerrymandering of the highest order” after submitting his objections at the inquiry into the EC’s proposed redelineation of electoral boundaries.
“I vehemently protest against this proposal because they removed seven district voting centres (PDM) from Bandar Utama and Kampung Sungai Ara out 17 I had initially, and they give me six PDM from Templer and five from Paya Jaras.
“This increased the Chinese voters from 57% to 62%, or 47,000 to 61,000 voters.
“EC should actually be following a ratio of 1-to-1 but the ratio now for the Damansara parliamentary seat will be 2.05,” he said when met here today.
The proposal will turn P106 into a massive seat: from 85,000 voters, the number will balloon to almost 160,000, thus making it one of the largest seats in the country.
Syed Razak called the proposal racial.
“I also look at this move by EC as racial because they have given me more Chinese voters and reduced my Malay voters.
“The Malays at my place have been reduced from 28% to 26% and the Chinese have increased from 57% to 62% while the Indians stay the same at 12%.
“This gerrymandering is in violation of Article 13 of the Federal Constitution where we talk about the law of proportionality.
“Now there’s malapportionment. The areas next to it are only at 73,000 voters and Damansara will be 160,000.”
Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara was singled out as an example of an area that will suffer from this proposal.
Syed Razak said Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara is a traditional village that will be lumped in the new constituency.
“They have certain social problems that need attention. When you lump them all together under one MP, how is he going to pay attention to all 160,000 people and their specific problems?”
“I am Muslim and many in the EC are Muslim too. So if this is pushed through and since I’ve used my own money and I lose, I will claim it back from all those who believe, on Judgement Day.
“This is because this move is totally unfair and they are carving out areas which are already correct. This is not right just to help some parties that are not sure of winning anyway.
“You lump the Malays together but it is not sure they are going to Umno. You are fighting between PPBM, PAS, Amanah and PKR."