Malaysia Dateline

Iskandar Samad

We also stand to lose from EC redelineation plan, says Selangor Pas

Pas today dismissed claims that the party would benefit from the Election Commission’s (EC) redelineation exercise in Selangor, saying it would also be hard-hit should the plan go through.

Selangor Pas chief Datuk Iskandar Abdul Samad said the EC’s plan would only benefit Umno and no one else.

“There are voting districts previously won by Pas in 2013 which have now been removed from state seats held by Pas. At the same tie, there are voting districts won by PAS which have been moved to Pas seats,” said Iskandar, who is also part of the Selangor executive council.

His statement comes amid a reported secret deal between Pas and Umno in Selangor.

Chinese daily Nan Yang Siang Pau on Sunday, quoting unnamed sources, claimed the deal was now awaiting green light from Pas President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

The pact is said to ensure Pas and Umno would not clash in seats in Selangor, resulting Umno battling with PKR while PAS taking on its splinter party Amanah.

Following that, DAP’s political education bureau head Liew Chin Tong said such a cooperation, if true, should be welcomed as it would make clear the political battle lines in the coming polls.

Liew also said the EC’s redelineation exercise had rendered irrelevant theories of a marginal Malay swing in the opposition’s favour, making such a PAS-Umno cooperation belieavable.

Iskandar however said in his own state of Chempaka alone, some five voting districts won by him have been affected.

They are Taman Dagang, Taman Cahaya, Pandan Mewah, Kg Baru Ampang 3 and Pandan Indah Jalan 5.

“As such, we urge those spreading such a lie (that Pas benefits from EC’s plan) to desist from such actions.

“If they are unable to count, we are happy to offer them math lessons,” he added.