DAP: Govt may table EC proposal that will help it win Selangor

DAP’s Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming says they will do all they can in Parliament to stop the redelineation exercise.

KUALA LUMPUR: DAP today warned of a strong possibility that the government would choose to table a redelineation proposal from the Election Commission (EC) that gives it a “huge advantage” in winning Selangor in the next general election.

Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming said the EC had submitted two proposals for Selangor to the government.

The first proposal suggests parliamentary boundary changes for Selayang, Hulu Langat, Bangi, Puchong, Kelana Jaya, Petaling Jaya Selatan, Petaling Jaya Utara, Subang, Shah Alam, Kapar, Klang, Kota Raja, Tanjong Karang, Kuala Selangor, Gombak, Ampang, Pandan and Kuala Langat.

The second proposal keeps boundary changes to the Tanjong Karang, Kuala Selangor, Gombak, Ampang and Pandan parliamentary boundaries. The second proposal followed public feedback to the EC, Ong added.

“We received news from people that know about this process that there is a high probability that the first proposal, and not the second proposal, will be debated in Parliament.

“This proposal is against the Federal Constitution and will give a huge advantage to Barisan Nasional (BN) to win back Selangor,” he said at a press conference at the Parliament building here today.

“This will be unfair to all Selangor voters as their rights will be further reduced. We want to give advanced warning to voters and ask them to voice out against this, while we do what we can in Parliament and by taking legal action against the EC and the government to stop this exercise.”

Meanwhile, Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang urged Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Parliament, Azalina Othman Said, to discuss with the opposition the setting up of a parliamentary select committee to study the EC’s new constituency redelineation report before it is tabled.

“Parliament should not be held to ransom because of the impending 14th general election, to become a rubber stamp to approve the executive proposal on new constituency redelineations.

“This would be a grave abdication of responsibility by Parliament and the latest great blow to the doctrine of separation of powers among the executive, legislature and judiciary,” he said.

In February, more than 30,000 signatures objecting to the proposed redelineation of electoral boundaries for parliamentary and state constituencies in Selangor were handed to the EC.

One objection needs a minimum of 100 signatures. A total of 200 objections were made over the way in which the redelineation exercise had been carried out in Selangor.