Bersih wants Malacca CM censured over seats rejig


KUALA LUMPUR: Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 has called for Malacca Chief Minister Idris Haron to be censured for “abetting the Election Commission to violate the Federal Constitution”.

Yesterday, Idris had proposed a redelineation of electoral boundaries to create three additional state seats. He said this would increase the Malay voting population from 53 per cent to 67.5 per cent, and be of help to the Barisan Nasional.

Bersih 2.0, condemning the proposal, said that Idris was abetting the EC.

“Contrary to Idris Haron’s intention, the redelineation process is not designed to ensure the ruling coalition’s victory when it loses majority support.

“Such abdication of constitutional duty for partisan and sectarian interests epitomises chronic pathology,” Bersih 2.0 said in a statement today.

Bersih 2.0 also pointed out that the EC’s failure to categorically refute Haron’s “criminal abetting” to violate communication will serve as evidence of their compliance in future litigation involving redelineation in Malacca.

“Bersih 2.0 also calls upon the state assembly members of Malacca to move a motion to censure the CM for abetting the EC to violate the Federal Constitution. All BN elected representatives and component parties’ leadership must have the same moral duty to condemn such an anti-constitutional call,” said Bersih.

Idris, who is also an Umno supreme council member, said yesterday that the federal electoral boundaries in Tangga Batu and Kota Melaka should be amended to boot out Opposition supporters.

“With a little adjustment at the borders of Tangga Batu and Kota Melaka (parliament seats), God willing we can control voters who don’t support BN so that they’re not in these constituencies.

“I hope the Election Commission will continue to coordinate the redelineation,” Idris was quoted as saying.