BN will win big in the 14th General Election with the new delineation exercise.
Selangor Government think-tank Institute Darul Ehsan (IDE) Deputy Chairman Mohammad Redzuan Othman said whenever redelineation exercises were conducted, BN won.
“Most people think BN’s victory in 2004 was solely because of the Pak Lah (feel good) factor.
“But actually it was not. Pak Lah was only one factor. The other factor was redelineation,” Redzuan said in an interview with Sinar Harian today.
Pak Lah, or Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, led BN to its biggest win since 1978, capturing 198 out of 219 parliamentary seats, obtaining 63.9 per cent of the popular vote.
Redzuan pointed out that the redelineation led to the PAS candidate in Kajang losing while PKR President Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail barely held on to Permatang Pauh with a 509-vote majority. BN also wrested control in Terengganu.
Redzuan said this latest redelineation exercise grouped Malays in one seat and Chinese in another.
He said mixed seats had been reduced in Johor, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan, replaced with Malay-majority seats in some and Chinese-majority in others.
This will lead to the Opposition parties fighting with each other.
“DAP will go for PKR seats. PKR will contest in Malay areas, but PAS will say it is theirs. What about Amanah and Bersatu?
“So, this will help BN.”
He warned that even Lim Kit Siang’s seat in Gelang Patah, Johor, was not safe under this redelineation exercise.
FMT Reporters Online