It is flawed and condescending. A political analyst said this about the argument that the recent redelineation exercise will only benefit Umno.
Some political parties had claimed that a huge number of Malay voters had been shifted into traditional Umno seats.
Speaking to FMT, UM Political Analyst Associate Professor Awang Azman Awang Pawi said assumptions that the redelineation would only benefit Umno were too simplistic.
He said the voting patterns of the Malay community had evolved, and this was especially the case in urban areas.
Awang was commenting on criticisms by several lawmakers, particularly from the Opposition, that the Election Commission’s recent exercise will give Umno, the BN lynchpin, an edge in retaining Putrajaya in the GE 14.
PKR Vice-President Nurul Izzah Anwar had earlier this week even claimed the exercise put Selangor at risk of being snatched by BN.
Awang went on to point out that there were more Malay-based parties now, namely Amanah, a PAS splinter party, and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), which was set up recently by former Umno stalwarts, including Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Muhyiddin Yassin.
“Therefore, it does not mean that the Malay votes will automatically go to Umno,” he said, adding that many Selangor Umno members have joined PPBM.
He said it was rather condescending for people to think that Malay voters would automatically go to Umno, as if they were unable to choose according to their evaluations of what each party had to offer.
The EC conducted a redelineation of parliamentary and state electoral boundaries in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah, beginning Sept 15.
The recommendations, which are being displayed to obtain feedback from the public, are not final as they are subject to local inquiry to evaluate objections and representations and must be approved by the Dewan Rakyat.
Anyone legally eligible to make objections and representations can do so by Oct 14.
Robin Augustin @ FMT Reporters Online