The recent redelineation exercise by the Elections Commission (EC) will lead to racial polarisation, PKR claimed today.
PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar said the new amendments shows a huge number of Malay voters being moved into traditional Umno seats and non-Malays being moved out and into opposition seats.
“There is a drastic increase in the number of Malay voters in seats that Umno contests whereas non-Malays have been moved out of opposition seats,” she told reporters in a press conference today morning.
The Lembah Pantai MP added the move was unfair as it did not go through the Parliamentary Select Committee.
Nurul Izzah also claimed that redelineation exercise by the EC would help sway votes for the Barisan Nasional (BN) ruling party especially in Selangor for the next general elections.
“Selangor is at a risk to be whisked away from Pakatan to BN’s hands. The EC’s new redelineation can cause a number of seats for opposition,” she said.
PKR’s Indera Kayangan assemblyman Chan Ming Kai pointed out that there will be an influx in Malay voters in several opposition-held parliamentary seats in the Klang Valley after the redelineation move.
“The government is using the EC to project gerrymandering.They are applying divide and rule. Putting Malay voters in some of the areas especially Umno areas and moving out non-Malay voters.
“There is an increase in Malay voters in Selayang, Gombak, Petaling Jaya Selatan, Subang and Kapar, which are held by the opposition currently,” he said.
Chan added that the same applies for state seats all around the country, especially in Selangor where the opposition is running the government currently.
“All of the Umno State seats, all after redelineation has increased Malay voters by 10 percent and reduced non-Malay voters,” he explained.
PKR’s Seri Andalas assemblyman Dr Xavier Jeyakumar meanwhile reiterated that the opposition wasn’t against the redelineation exercise but wanted it to be done fairly.
“We welcome the redelineation in Selangor which needs more parliament seats and state seats but it needs to be done in a systematic manner,” he said.
To solve this issue, Nurul Izzah urged all Malaysians to register their objections with the EC in the coming month before the redelineation is finalised.
She also said the opposition would be filing a petition to the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong objecting the redelineation exercise.
“All Malaysians should reject the current redelineation, find out your voting placements and file a complaint if you’ve been moved, be there to support Bersih 5 on November 19 and support our petition to the Agong,” she stressed.
The commission in an 18-page notice had reportedly proposed to alter the electoral boundaries of several parliamentary and state constituencies in all states bar Perlis, Labuan and Putrajaya.
The proposed amendments could see 12 parliamentary and 34 state constituencies in the peninsula undergo a name change while it also listed 13 proposed new state constituencies for Sabah, increasing the number of the state seats to 73.
But Pakatan Harapan leaders alleged the some of the proposed redelineation exercise would carve out opposition-held federal and state seats to favour Barisan Nasional, especially in Johor and Selangor.
Among the constituencies that would be affected by the proposed changes are Pagoh in Johor and Lembah Pantai. The former is held by sacked Umno leader Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and the latter PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah.
EC secretary Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh was reported saying the review would be conducted based on the provisions of Clause (2) Article 113 of the Federal Constitution and amendments to Clause (2) Article 14 of the Sabah State Constitution, gazetted on Aug 18.
But objections to the recommendations could only be made by the state government, local authorities partly or partially included in the redelineation exercise, or a group of no less than 100 registered voters of an affected constituency.