KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties were today urged to reject the motion on the redelineation of constituencies being debated in the Dewan Rakyat.
Ong Kian Ming (DAP-Serdang) said MIC, MCA and Gerakan should reject the motion brought by the government as, based on the report submitted by the Election Commission (EC), it was segregating voters based on race.
“I hope leaders from these parties will object to this report that is being debated. Are they brave enough to not cower to Umno?
“Since this only benefits Umno, I dare MIC, MCA and Gerakan leaders who are in the house to reject the motion. Show the people that you stand for democracy,” he said while debating the report in the Dewan Rakyat.
He said seats such as Kapar and Subang were affected by the redelineation, turning them from mixed seats into Malay majority seats.
“I want to ask the prime minister about the issue of racial weightage by comparing Baling, a rural seat which has 95,000 voters and Alor Setar, a town that has only 74,000 voters.
“The imbalance has to be addressed by the EC. This goes to show that rural weightage was not taken into consideration by the EC. It also goes to show that there is no ‘one man, one vote’ practised in this country,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Azmin Ali (PKR-Gombak) questioned the EC for rushing to pass the new borders, saying it has until September to solve issues surrounding the redelineation exercise.
“Why the rush?” he asked. “Is the EC taking orders from Umno and BN ahead of the 14th general election?”
The Selangor menteri besar said under the Federal Constitution, there should be an average of 43,190 voters in each state constituency.
However, he said the number of voters in 33 of the state’s 56 seats were higher.
Azmin also accused the EC of trying to engineer a BN victory through the redelineation exercise.
He said every redelineation had resulted in BN doing better than in the previous general election.
Prime Minister Najib Razak tabled the motion today, even as opposition MPs joined hundreds outside Parliament to protest against the move, citing a pending legal suit as well as procedural lapses on the part of the EC.
A quick glance at the EC’s proposals shows that 10 opposition strongholds in Kuala Lumpur will be affected, including Lembah Pantai which will see the inclusion of some 6,500 voters from the Tasik Perdana voting district.
The motion today came as hundreds of protesters marched to the Parliament building, with some involved in scuffles with the police who formed a barricade around the complex.
Representatives from Bersih have handed over a memorandum to speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia, warning him against allowing the motion as the matter is still in the courts.