MCA and Gerakan have called on the Election Commission (EC) to explain the basis for its proposed redelineation of electoral constituencies.
Speaking to FMT, MCA Religious Harmony Bureau Chairman Ti Lian Ker said the redrawing of boundaries according to the proposal could “tear the nation apart” and it was essential that the EC explain it.
The proposal seemed to pit Umno’s tendency to harp on Malay supremacy against DAP’s politics of Chinese chauvinism, he added.
“This does not bode well for the politics of moderation practised by BN,” he said.
Selangor Gerakan Youth Vice-Chairman Ivanpal Grewal Singh said he was concerned that the EC had not given “a thorough and intelligent explanation” of why the boundaries were being redrawn in “such a way”.
He asked whether the idea was to harmonise the electoral boundaries with administrative boundaries at the district and local government levels.
Like Ti, he said there seemed to be a push towards creating race-based constituencies.
He added that under the proposed redelineation, some of Gerakan’s traditional seats were severely affected, including Beruas in Perak, Segambut in Kuala Lumpur, Bachang in Malacca, and Ketari in Pahang.
The exercise, affecting parliamentary and state seats in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah, began on Sept 15.
Parties on both sides of the political divide have hit out at the proposed redelineation, citing fears of racial imbalance in electoral constituencies and an unfair advantage for Umno.
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