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March 23, 2018

Eyebrows raised as Malaysia set to redraw electoral boundaries before polls

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

Malaysia is gearing up for national elections that have to be called by August. — Picture by Saw Siow FengNajib Razak’s government will on Wednesday seek parliamentary approval to redraw electoral boundaries, a move critics say will benefit his ruling coalition in national polls.

Copies of the planned redelineation exercise were handed to members of Parliament today.

Malaysia is gearing up for national elections that have to be called by August, with sources telling Reuters that polls may be held as early as April. Najib’s coalition is widely expected to retain power.

The motion to redraw electoral boundaries will likely be approved by parliament, as it only requires a simple majority vote. Najib’s Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition currently holds 132 out of the 222 seats in parliament.

The redelineation exercise had been delayed for months due to legal challenges and objections by the Opposition, which has said repeatedly that it would carve out constituencies along racial lines and benefit Najib’s ruling pact.

The government denies the accusation.

Electoral boundaries were last changed in 2003, under the leadership of then-premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was also accused of manipulating the process in favour of the ruling coalition, which has held power since independence from Britain in 1957.

Mahathir, 92, who led Malaysia for 22 years, is now running as the Opposition’s candidate for prime minister against Najib, his former protege.


Source : The Malay Mail Online by  Reuters


 

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4 Comments »

  1. If there is no wrongdoing in 1MDB, why do we have to pay International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) US$6.5 billion?

    If there is no wrongdoing in 1MDB, why have they not submitted their audited accounts and why have internationally recognised audit firms refuse to act or have resigned or state their audit is not safe to be relied on?

    If there is no wrongdoing in 1MDB, why did Red Granite sign a US$60 million settlement with the US Department of Justice (DOJ)?

    If there is no wrongdoing in 1MDB, why did the PM change the attorney-general (AG) and sack his deputy, Muhyiddin Yassin, as well as senior minister Shafie Apdal?

    If there is no wrongdoing in 1MDB, why did the AG not assist the Swiss authorities under the mutual legal assistance treaty?

    If there is no wrongdoing in 1MDB, why didn’t the AG fulfil MACC’s request for mutual legal assistance to work with law enforcement agencies in other jurisdictions?

    Comment by K Sankaran — March 24, 2018 @ 6:51 PM | Reply

  2. The Stupid and Dumb Harapan Leaders should ACT smart and Dissolve Selangor and Penang NOW …March 2018…. and have election there before ANY Sham Boundaries take shape….Don’t Lead Smart Malaysian into a Stupid Path…Lawan tetap Lawan… Many ways to disrupt UMNO-PAS Evil IS Islam Plans!!. Also ALL Please go and Sign to tangkap CID and IGP Chief and same time Sham the Agong Sultan UMNO-PAS for their Appointment of Corruption Di Raja Malaysia!! Change We MUST …ACT NOW!! Don’t fear ….!! Sign IT!!

    https://www.change.org/p/the-australian-government-austrac-anti-money-laundering-and-counter-terrorism-financing-division-criminal-charges-malaysian-cid-chief-for-alleged-dirty-funds-deposited-in-australia

    Comment by bumi non malay — March 24, 2018 @ 1:04 PM | Reply

    • There must be some constitutional restrains that prevent the Opposition led states of Penang and Selangor to hold their own state election or as GE14 is drawing near the ground sentiments in Malay majority constituencies actually favour and benefit PH .

      Comment by Sabri Yaman — March 26, 2018 @ 5:27 PM | Reply

  3. How are Malays under threat? How can Islam and Malays be threatened when those in power have been Malay for over five decades?

    What have Malay leaders been doing for five decades if Malays can be under threat?

    Comment by Saiful — March 24, 2018 @ 10:16 AM | Reply


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