Malaysia Dateline

Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker

MCA says EC plan pits Umno and DAP ‘racism’

MCA today joined the chorus of condemnations over the Election Commission’s redelineation of electoral boundaries, saying the redrawing was made along racial lines.

“If the proposed redelineation is strictly along racial lines, it will not augur well for nation building. Instead it will have serious negative implications to the future of the nation in terms of formulating government policy, its implementation at the working level, as well as inter-ethnic relationships,” said the party’s religious harmony bureau chief, Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker.

He urged the EC to rethink the plan, and warned that failing to review it would “take the nation on a path of racism”.

“The Election Commission must account their underlying principles and the basis of their actions,” he said.

Opposition politicians led by DAP leaders have questioned the redelineation exercise after several seats held by the party are bound to see their electorates increase by many folds.

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.

This could affect the opposition’s parliamentary share.

DAP has even urged the Selangor government to call for snap elections in order to pre-empt the new electoral map.

But MCA attacked both DAP and Umno, saying the proposed redelineation would pit Umno’s Malay supremacy against DAP’s “politics of Chinese chauvinism”.

“This does not bode well for the moderation politics and policies practised by BN. Moderation is what the BN is all about, and this includes consensus building, consultation and taking the middle path,” said Ti.