Pakatan Harapan’s secretariat has suggested for the Selangor and Penang state governments controlled by the federal opposition coalition to formally reject the Elections Committee’s (EC) redelineation exercise.
The secretariat’s chief Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah said the coalition will now be looking into that option as the two states have the power to do so under the Federal Constitution.
“There is a possibility that the Selangor and Penang state governments can object the redelineation.
“Under the Constitution, the state government can object,” he said during a press conference here today after the secretariat’s meeting.
The meeting had decided on 10 points, which included mooting local councils in both states to also join the move as state legislators, organising roadshows on the issue, and supporting PKR move to petition the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
The coalition’s component parties PKR, DAP and Parti Amanah Negara will also be objecting the redelianation in respective areas that they control or coordinate, Saifuddin explained.
“We also will work together with other bodies that will take similar action as us like Tindak Malaysia, the Bar Council, and Bersih 2.0,” Saifuddin said, adding that the Bar Council would prepare a guide on how to object.
The secretariat also announced it will be supporting PKR’s Rafizi Ramli in his move to submit a Private Member’s Bill in the Parliament to remove the powers of redelineation from the EC.
Among the other lawmakers that were present at the press conference includes Amanah’s Khalid Samad and Dr Hatta Ramli, and DAP’s Ong Kian Ming.
The EC in an 18-page notice had reportedly proposed to alter the electoral boundaries of several parliamentary and state constituencies in all states bar Perlis, and the federal territories of Labuan and Putrajaya.
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.
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.