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Jan
18

Selangor voters cite massive size discrepancies in objections to EC’s redelineation

Selangor voters cite massive size discrepancies in objections to EC’s redelineation

SHAH ALAM, Jan 3 — The Election Commission’s proposed redrawing of electoral boundaries would create seats with massive voters populations, said voters objecting to the exercise in Selangor today.

During today’s hearing, Yvette Mah Looi Yin who represented 172 voters cited concerns with the proposed Damansara (P106) seat that would replace their Petaling Jaya Utara constituency.

She said Damansara would have at least 150,000 voters or about four times the size of Sabak Bernam, the smallest seat in Selangor.

“One the existing problem was the term ‘approximately equal,’ which was not clearly defined with a formula,” she said at the objection hearing held at Concorde Hotel, Shah Alam today.

Mah said that if the redelineation is done in its current form, the member of the Parliament for the area would have constituents served by three different local authorities.

DAP’s Tony Pua is the current MP for Petaling Jaya Utara.

She said it would not be possible for a single lawmaker spread so thinly to be able serve voters effectively.

“It is unfair to voters as they would be under-served by our MP because of multiple new urban and rural districts.

“We want the EC to listen to our voice and to give effect to the spirit of the Constitution that all should be equal,” she said.

Chua Piak Chwee, who represented at least 110 voters, said the size variations were illogical given the Federal Constitution stated that constituencies should be approximately the same sizes. However, this is no longer a requirement.

Chua said the EC’s proposed redelineation would dilute the rights of voters in her area, noting that the Damansara would cover 60 per cent of the state and would have 10 times the voters in Putrajaya.

“Our constituency will become the biggest in Selangor and possibly the largest in the country,” he said, when noting that the exercise would cause the seat to go from 85,000 voters to 150,000.

The proposed redelineation exercise would see parts of constituencies such as Selayang, Bukit Lanjan, Kepong and Sungai Buloh absorbed into the new parliamentary seat.

Chua said redelineations should aim to improve service to voters rather than to worsen this.

“By pulling various voting districts into the new constituency, the needs of the people would differ, so how can one MP serve such a large area?” he said.

The EC resumed hearing of objections in Selangor after the Court of Appeal allowed it to continue the process that had been halted by a legal challenge from the state government.

The EC started its redelineation process in September 2016, with the constitutional timeframe of two years meaning that it has to complete the process in September 2018.

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Selangor voters cite massive size discrepancies in objections to EC’s redelineation
January 3, 2018 – MMO

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17
Jan
18

New military camp in Sembrong to save BN, says Johor Pakatan

New military camp in Sembrong to save BN, says Johor Pakatan

JOHOR Pakatan Harapan has claimed that Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein is misusing his office to transfer military voters to his Sembrong parliamentary constituency.

It said this was being done by building the new Paloh military camp, which, once ready, would house eight squadrons from the Royal Army Engineers Regiment and the 33rd Royal Artillery Regiment, to be moved from Mahkota Camp in Kluang.

The state PH alleged that the transfer of voters was to help Barisan Nasional retain the Paloh state seat, which was won with a slim majority of 103 votes in the 2013 general election.

It called on Hishammuddin to address the matter.

“He must come forward to explain, especially about the planned Paloh camp, which is located in his parliamentary constituency,” it said in a statement today.

The statement was jointly issued by state PH chairman Muhyiddin Yassin, state Bersatu chairman Shahruddin Md Salleh, state Amanah chairman Aminolhuda Hassan, state PKR chairman Hassan Karim and state DAP chairman Liew Chin Tong.

The opposition pact also disputed the government’s assertion that the Paloh camp was being built to defend the country.

“The distance between Mahkota Camp and the planned Paloh camp is less than 10km, while (the distance between) Batu 3 Camp and the Paloh camp is only around 5km.

“So, the argument that the camp is being built for security reasons is questionable.”

On December 21, Liew had said the Paloh camp was expected to add 10% more voters in Sembrong.

In October, DAP had found that there were 1,051 voters registered at a yet-to-be-completed military camp in Segamat, Johor, and 28 others at Regiment 501 Territorial Army Camp Segamat.

On November 7, Mengkibol assemblyman Tan Hong Pin had said more than 1,000 objections had been filed with the Johor Election Commission to stop military personnel from being registered as voters in Segamat. – January 1, 2018.

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New military camp in Sembrong to save BN, says Johor Pakatan
1 Jan 2018 – TMI

15
Jan
18

New electoral boundaries will not save BN

New electoral boundaries will not save Barisan Nasional, says Muhyiddin

THE proposed new electoral boundaries for parliamentary and state seats will not save Barisan Nasional in the next general election, said Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin.

Muhyiddin said the ruling coalition was in panic mode as it knew that it had lost the support of most of the voters and that it would lose if the polls were to be held tomorrow.

“We can imagine all the dirty tactics that will be used in the next general election,” Muhyiddin said in his policy speech at Bersatu’s inaugural annual general meeting today.

“Even now they are trying to pass the one-sided redelineation of election boundaries,” Muhyiddin said.

“But we are confident that if the majority of the people reject Barisan Nasional, the new electoral boundaries will not save them,” he said in Shah Alam.

On Wednesday, the Election Commission resumed its redrawing of election boundaries in Selangor by conducting the first public hearing for the Kelana Jaya parliamentary seat.

Pakatan Harapan and electoral reform groups have claimed that the proposed redelineation for parliamentary and state seats are unfair and will create ethnically homogenous constituencies.

Muhyiddin also urged the EC to be fair and transparent, calling for the government to allow international observers from United Nations and Commonwealth Secretariat to monitor the next general election.

“They will do anything to remain in power, they are afraid to lose because all the misappropriations will be exposed and many of them will be brought to justice.

“They want to win not to save the country, but to save themselves,” Muhyiddin said, adding that postal voting would also be used by the government to cheat in the next GE.

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New electoral boundaries will not save Barisan Nasional, says Muhyiddin
30 Dec 2017 – TMI

14
Jan
18

Why is state seat bigger than parliamentary seats, voter asks EC

Why is state seat bigger than parliamentary seats, voter asks EC

A Subang Jaya voter has taken the Election Commission to task for enlarging the state constituency, even though it already has more voters than other parliamentary constituencies in Selangor.

Long-time Subang Jaya resident Theresa Ratnam said this was the complaint she raised when she attended the EC’s local inquiry today, to object the commission’s proposal on the Kelana Jaya parliamentary constituency, and the Subang Jaya state constituency within it.

Currently, Subang Jaya has 62,687 voters, while Kelana Jaya has 101,603 voters.

After redelineation, Subang Jaya would have 66,059 voters, while Kelana Jaya would be renamed “Subang” and would have 128,330 voters. The existing Subang parliamentary constituency will be named “Sungai Buloh.”

“By virtue of it being enlarged, then you are looking at the administration, the enforcement, the social issues. How can one assemblyperson or one parliamentarian oversee the whole administration?

“By virtue of that, we have submitted that EC must review their recommendation, and instead of enlarging (the constituency), see if we can have smaller constituencies,” Theresa told reporters after attending the local inquiry.

“Because N31 (Subang Jaya) is going to be bigger than P092 (Sabak Bernam) and P093 (Sungai Besar).

“They are going to be smaller than state assembly seats. How can that be? There is no justification,” she added.

The Sabak Bernam and Sungai Besar parliamentary constituencies would only have 37,126 voters and 42,833 voters, respectively, after redelineation.

The management consultant, who has lived in Subang Jaya since 1989, said she urged the EC to review their proposal and justify their intentions.

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Why is state seat bigger than parliamentary seats, voter asks EC
27 Dec 2017 – malaysiakini

13
Jan
18

Felda settlers want changes in leadership

Felda settlers want changes in leadership

Jempol Felda settlers complain of higher debts and lack of proper management.

PUTRAJAYA: The scandals affecting Felda and increasing debts are troubling settlers.

Abdul Rahman Ramli, 58, speaking on behalf of settlers from the Felda Raja Alias settlement in Jempol, claimed the management had “absolutely failed” in its administration of Felda.

Rahman was present at the handing-over of a memorandum to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to urge them to investigate how Felda’s Jalan Semarak land changed hands today.

“As a settler, it breaks my heart to see that the management has absolutely failed us.

“Not only that, there are various scandals that Felda have been implicated in.

“The debts of settlers are also going up. Some owe Felda thousands of ringgit,” he told FMT today.

Rahman suggested that perhaps it was time Felda changed its leaders, who were drawn mainly from Umno.

“I hope all Malaysians understand our situation and why we are upset by the alleged corruption in Felda.”

Rahman was disappointed the management cannot even show settlers their accounts.

“Even with all the technology available, they can’t do something so simple.

“This is disheartening and it keeps us in very low spirits.”

It was time the settlers spoke out against such bad management of Felda, Rahman, who is also Jempol Amanah chairman, added.

“We do not have to wait for Felda to be implicated in such mega scandals before we voice out our concerns. There’re just too many scandals, just one after the other.”

New leaders can make the change for the settlers, he believed.

“I honestly believe that this is not the end of the road for us, all we need are better leaders, new ones, and we can get back on the right track.”

He said if Felda continues to be involved in controversies, settlers will lose confidence in the present administration running things.

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Felda settlers want changes in leadership
December 27, 2017 – FMT

09
Jan
18

BN will bulldoze redelineation and hold GE14, says Pakatan

BN will bulldoze redelineation and hold GE14, says Pakatan

THE government is likely to hold a special parliamentary session next month to pass the Election Commission’s redelineation proposal ahead of the 14th general election (GE14), said Pakatan Harapan vice-president Salahuddin Ayub.

“We believe Barisan Nasional will dissolve Parliament and state assemblies after passing the EC’s proposal,” said the Amanah deputy president.

Although widely touted as unfair, EC’s redelineation does not spell the end of PH’s challenge, he said at the party headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.

“The proposal can cut both ways. And all we need is a 10%-20% swing from the Malay or Umno hardcore supporters.”

The EC proposal has been criticised for creating super majority seats in opposition-held seats. The proposal also creates more Malay-majority seats and fewer mixed seats by moving voters around.

At the last general election, BN won 77 Malay-majority seats while Pakatan Rakyat won 37. In the battle for mixed seats, BN won eight while PR took 21.

“But we have no choice but to be prepared for this new proposal,” said Salahuddin when asked if PH was ready for the new federal and state constituencies.

The new electoral boundaries were already known and PH is prepared to face them, he said.

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BN will bulldoze redelineation and hold GE14, says Pakatan
20 Dec 2017 – TMI

08
Jan
18

We’re ready to vote PH in GE14, say second-generation Felda settlers

We’re ready to vote PH in GE14, say second-generation Felda settlers

THE second generation of Felda settler families is ready to choose Pakatan Harapan (PH) at GE14, saying poor management of the agency has burdened their lives for too long.

“We need to make a change because there have been too many scandals and there are obviously weaknesses (in administration). My friends and I all want change. We will vote for a party other than Barisan Nasional (BN).

“For too long our parents have been burdened with poor management that is the fault of Felda itself,” Jamaliah Musa, 50, told The Malaysian Insight.

Jamaliah was one of 300 attendees at the launch of the Jelajah Selamatkan Felda (Save Felda roadshow) organised by the Felda Settlers’ Children Association (Anak), a group representing second generation settlers, in Felda Sungai Sayong, Kota Tinggi last night.

The event was attended by Anak president Mazlan Aliman and PH leaders, including Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and PKR Johor chairman Hassan Karim, who spoke on current issues involving Felda.

The Felda vote is spread out over 54 rural parliamentary seats in Peninsular Malaysia.

Established in 1956 as a poverty eradication-cum-agriculture development scheme, there are Felda settler families in their fourth generation.

The first generation of settlers received 10 acres of land from Felda to plant rubber or oil palm. This generation is estimated to make up 30 to 40% of Felda voters.

Their children, meanwhile, make up between 50 and 60% of Felda voters.

Felda’s problems, however, have come to light in recent years. They involve huge debts borne by settlers over earlier replanting schemes and overpriced property purchases by Felda subsidiary Felda Investment Corporation Sdn Bhd (FIC).

The latest scandal to come to light is the dubious transfer of prime land owned by Felda in Kuala Lumpur that was sold for RM270 million to a company given the power of attorney to develop the land, without Felda receiving a sen.

Another attendee Hasnah Mahmud said she could not wait for GE14 to make a change in the country.

“I feel excited for the upcoming election. God willing, I am ready to make a change.”

She said even though she had attended several activities by government-sponsored Gerakan Persatuan Wanita Felda (GPW), she has decided not to vote for the government of the day.

“GPW tries to drum up support of young women for BN, but I have made my decision.”

Meanwhile, Muhammad Khairul Omar said he left Umno to join Bersatu as he was disappointed with Felda’s failure to manage settlers’ plantations, as well as the unreasonable debt incurred by his parents’ generation.

“Tonight’s event is full of ceramah by leaders such as Mazlan but to redeem Felda is not easy. As Mat Sabu says, Felda settlers are hard-headed people.

“But this time I am confident there is no other choice. There is no longer a place for Umno in Felda and among settlers,” said the second-generation resident of Felda Penggeli Timur, Kota Tinggi.

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We’re ready to vote PH in GE14, say second-generation Felda settlers
6 Jan 2018 – TMI




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for the triumph of evil
is for good men
to do nothing.

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