Amanah Strategy Director Dzulkefly Ahmad has called on the Pakatan Harapan Presidential Council to meet over the Election Commission’s (EC) proposed redelineation and devise a “battle plan” to face it.
In a statement, he said the EC’s blatant disregard for the Federal Constitution and the principles of fairness and democracy in its redelination proposal was despicable and in fact “alienated” the non-Malay component parties of the BN.
This, he said, had not only been voiced out by the Opposition but also criticised by Barisan Nasional component parties.
Now, he said, the time had come for Pakatan Harapan to consider all available options, discuss them and come with a united solution against the proposed redelineation.
“Amanah entirely understands the overarching concern underlying the DAP supremo’s (Lim Kit Siang) call for a snap election in the state of Selangor.”
He said the party also understood the menteri besar’s stand that the interests of Selangorians are overriding.
“Both are, however, on the same page insofar as serving the best interests of the state, nay the entire nation. It is expressing two sides of the same coin.”
Hence, he said it was best to lay out all the options on the table and come to a consensus, in the true spirit of camaraderie.
Dzulkefly said now that the Pakatan Harapan Secretariat had met and concurred that concrete action needs to be strategised, the Presidential Council has to take on the tough decision of ironing out the first step, collectively.
“What needs doing soonest is for the Presidential Council to assemble a meeting first.”
He explained that the action plan involved various efforts, including inter alia, legal recourse and seeking the support of international electoral watchdogs against the proposed redelineation, which he described as extremely lopsided and racially divisive.
Dzulkefly said subsequently, all stakeholders and activists must embark on a massive nationwide exercise to raise awareness and mobilise opposition against the proposed redelineation.
“If the ‘plundering’ of the ill-fated 1MDB is now under prosecution in the courts of other jurisdictions, the ‘plundering of democracy’ via gross gerrymandering, must not escape the peoples’ court of public opinion on our own shores and jurisdiction.”
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 before Oct 14.
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