The Election Commission has turned its back on the 1Malaysia policy with its proposed redelineation of contituencies, said DAP’s Lim Kit Siang, who said it not only violated democratic principles but also the aspiration to build a nation where its people would regard themselves as Malaysians first.
As such, Lim said EC chairman Datuk Seri Mohd Hashim Abdullah should explain what inspired the redelineation exercise, which has been condemned by opposition lawmakers who said it was part of Barisan Nasional’s plan to steal the next general election by moving electorates based on race.
“Furthermore, let him answer critiques that the new redelineation proposals are in fact more undemocratic than previous redelineations in violating the democratic principle of one man, one vote, one value,” said Lim in a statement.
Lim again recalled a statement by Hashim’s predecessor Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman, admitting that redelineations by the body in the past had been to ensure the Malays, “actually meaning UMNO, remain in power”.
Opposition politicians have questioned the move, which includes resizing seats by moving voters from other constituencies, and renaming several major seats in the Klang Valley.
Among the seats which could see more voters is Damansara, a new seat carved out to incorporate the current Petaling Jaya Utara seat held by DAP, as well as Bangi, Klang, Petaling Jaya and Subang.
Meanwhile, Gelang Patah, once held by the former Johor MB Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Othman before he was defeated by DAP’s Lim Kit Siang in 2013, would be the largest single seat in the state.
Similarly, constituencies such as Kota Raja, Kota Melaka, Kuala Terengganu, Sungai Petani, Tumpat and Kapar, which are all held by the opposition, each have voters numbering more than 100,000.
On the other hand, seats such as the predominantly civil servant Putrajaya and several BN seats in Perak have not seen any increase in voters, with only between 28,000 and 34,000 voters.
Lim said the disparity is glaring in the differences seen between Putrajaya and Damansara.
“The electorates of 15,627 voters in Putrajaya and 150,439 voters in Damansara in effect provide an example where one vote in Putrajaya is equivalent to 10 votes in Damansara!” he said.
He questioned whether the latest plan also had this secret agenda as stated by Rashid.
“How else can the Election Commission explain for proposing an even greater disparity in the number of electors among the constituencies?” he asked.