Gerakan to file objection on seat changes

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PETALING JAYA: The Gerakan party, fearing a loss of its three parliamentary seats, is to file an objection to the Election Commission’s proposed redelineation of parliamentary and state constituencies.

Party president Mah Siew Keong said that the proposed changes would affect their chances in Beruas, Taiping and Teluk Intan parliamentary constituencies, all three in Perak.

Mah is the sitting MP for Teluk Intan, while its only other seat in the current Parliament is Simpang Renggam in Johor, held by Liang Teck Meng. The party also holds the Pemanis state seat in Johor and Elopura and Tanjung Papat in Sabah.

Mah said the party intended to contest 45 parliamentary and state seats at the next general election, among them the state seats of Bachang (Malacca) and Ketari (Pahang), and was not in favour of the redelineation proposals which he said would “affect the party’s structure”.

Other politicians of Barisan Nasional and opposition parties have also complained about the changes, which some said would cause racial polarisation.

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