Penang to sue EC over ‘shocking’ information on redelineation


GEORGE TOWN: The Penang government plans to sue the Election Commission following “new shocking information” related to the redelineation exercise in the state.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the State Executive Council, at its meeting today, decided to file the suit after discovering new data linked to redelineation activities in Penang.

It will also file an objection to the exercise with the EC, based on what it has discovered, before the deadline for objections ends on Apr 7.

Lim said he would be the plaintiff in the suit, as the representative of the state government.

“We will file the law suit after the deadline for the submission of objections on Apr 7.

“We had filed one objection on April 4, and we will be filing another objection before Apr 7 on our discovery,” Lim said at a press conference in Komtar.

Lim said he would withhold the new information until State Executive Councillor Abdul Malik Abul Kassim returned from KL. Lim did not say when Malik would return.

It was previously announced that only the Kepala Batas and Balik Pulau parliamentary seats would be affected in the redelineation.

However, several assemblymen in other seats found there had been some movement of voters to and out of their constituencies.

In his objection filed on Apr 4, Lim claimed the EC was not carrying out redelineation as per provisions in the Federal Constitution; there was malapportionment of voters, with some seats “under represented” and others “over represented”; there was disruption of local affairs, as most government agencies ran based on state seats; and that the EC had ignored the “effective proposals” sent in by the Penang government.

“The failure to conduct a delimitation exercise in Penang properly had caused the process to be unconstitutional and illegal in Penang and indirectly, in Malaysia,” he alleged then.

Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari had later sought a judicial review on the EC’s redelineation exercise in Penang.

In his application for leave, Zairil had contended that the EC’s delineation exercise had not addressed the “malapportionment of constituencies” in the state.

He had also sought for a declaration that the EC’s failure to redelineate the divisions and boundaries of the Bukit Bendera, Tanjung Bungah, Air Putih, Kebun Bunga and Pulau Tikus seats was unconstitutional.

However, the High Court here refused to grant leave to challenge the redelineation, as it said the exercise had yet to be finalised.