The makings of an electoral grab?

Charles SantiagoBy Charles Santiago

This is not really a question of whether the Opposition would end up doing better in some Parliamentary constituencies.

The change of constituency boundaries is just to ensure weak Barisan Nasional seats can be strengthened to ensure the victory of the ruling government in the next general election.

We have all been unhappy with the Election Commission (EC) and hundreds of thousands of people have marched on the streets calling for free and fair elections.

But the re-drawing of these Parliamentary boundaries still comes as shocking because it’s blatant.

It’s as if the EC is working overtime to ensure a win for Prime Minister Najib Razak and his coalition.

Any act of gerrymandering is grotesque in that it involves disenfranchising voters and forcing them from accessing their political representatives who have worked in their favour since 2008.

My constituency of Klang is in danger of being parcelled out between my neighbours.

And all of this is being done to keep Najib and Umno in power, despite the growing dissatisfaction against the government brought about primarily by the 1Malaysia Development Berhad financial scandal, rising cost of living, abuse of power and rampant corruption amongst other crucial issues.

The Commission has announced that it would listen to feedback from the public and elected representatives including the town council.

But we all know that this exercise won’t amount to much. As such the EC must scrap this ridiculous suggestion or by default, agree that it’s doing the bidding of Najib and his government.

Charles Santiago is Member of Parliament for Klang.

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