Hornbill Unleashed

September 22, 2016

Guan Eng: No snap polls for Penang, for now

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state believed it could consider snap polls as an option later as the redelineation issue takes more time. — Picture by K.E. OoiPenang is not considering early elections for now, state Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said today.

Instead, he said the state government, the local council and 100 voters from each affected constituency will file objections against the Election Commission’s (EC) controversial proposed redelineation exercise, which he asserted to be in violation of the one man-one vote rule.

“For now, we have not discussed the possibility of calling for snap polls,” he said when asked if the state will consider calling for snap polls in Penang before the EC completes its redelineation exercise.

The Penang lawmaker said the state believed it could consider snap polls as an option later as the redelineation issue takes more time.

He also accused the EC of shifting the voters to favour the Barisan Nasional (BN) so as to ensure “easy wins” for the ruling coalition.

Lim said he had received complaints from his constituents that they have been shifted to another constituency, Kebun Bunga, without being notified.

“My voters have been reduced by 1,091 and by 26 per cent in the Race Course voting district.

“We will definitely object this, MBPP will object, I will object as a state assemblyman, 100 voters in my constituency will object, I want my voters to be returned to my constituency,” the Air Putih assemblyman said.

He claimed the shifting of voters were in violation of the Federal Constitution that stated the number of voters in each constituency must be about the same except for cases where voters had difficulties due to the distance of their residence, particularly in rural areas.

He also claimed the EC’s redelineation exercise, which saw shifting of voters in about 12 constituencies in Penang, is a violation of the one person, one vote principle.

But Lim who is also Bagan MP claimed the shifting of voters and redrawing of boundaries in Penang was not as bad as in Selangor.

“Here, it only involved a few seats and it may make the elections more competitive by making it a 50-50 for Barisan Nasional and Pakatan while in Selangor, it will be 60 for Barisan and 40 for Pakatan,” he said.

The EC has been heavily criticised over the redelineation exercise with Pakatan Harapan leaders accusing them of using it to help BN recapture some of its seats.

The EC has since denied the exercise was meant to benefit certain parties.

Objections to the EC recommendations can only be made by state governments, local authorities who are partly or partially included in the redelineation exercise, or a group of no less than 100 registered voters of an affected constituency.

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, 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.

OPALYN MOK@The Malay Mail Online


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  1. Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 23.9.2016.

    The RM 3.1 Billion Or 30% Drop In GST Collection For The 2nd Quarter Of 2016 Proves That The Rakyat Is Suffering From Poorer Business And Less Income Until The 4% Economic Growth Has No Positive Benefit To The People.
    The Customs Department stated that the government remains confident of achieving the RM39 billion Goods and Services Tax (GST) revenue target this year despite a 30% decline in collection in the second-quarter of 2016 (2Q16) from RM10.2 billion in 1Q16 to RM7.1 billion in 2Q16. The RM 3.1 billion drop(30%) in GST collection for the 2nd quarter of 2016 proves that the GST had resulted in the rakyat facing poorer business and less income, until the 4% economic growth in the 2nd quarter has no positive benefit to the people.

    Clearly the Federal government will face a shortfall in the expected revenue of RM39 billion as they have only collected RM17.2 billion from GST for the first half of this year, way below the targeted yearly revenue of RM39 billion. Petronas will only be paying RM16 billion to the government this year, half of the amount contributed before the drop in global oil prices.

    The Federal government should not try to cover the GST revenue shortfall by victimising businessmen in the form of tax investigations to squeeze more money for the BN Federal government. Many businessmen have complained of unreasonable demands and double-standards of the Internal Revenue Service(IRS), when the IRS failed to do the same on BN politicians receiving huge donations.

    Worse, GST is also imposed on state governments and local government carrying out public works projects such as roads, drains and community halls even though it is not for profit but for the public benefit of the rakyat. This unnecessary cost has only imposed a greater burden on the state and local governments. For example, the Penang state and local governments as well as state agencies have to pay RM48 million yearly in GST to the Federal government.

    Since the BN Federal government likes to sing the praises of GST because it is inplemented by many developed countries, then the BN Federal government should emulate their example of distributing the GST collected back to the states. For example, in Australia any GST collected in a state is fully returned back to the state. Here in Malaysia, state governments not only do not get a single cent of GST collected but have to pay GST.

    There is no need to implement the GST if the Federal government takes firm and decisive action against corruption. The Federal government ran out of money because of corruption scandals such as 1MDB and the RM4.2 billion donation scandal.

    Comment by Harvey — September 23, 2016 @ 4:08 PM | Reply

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