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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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


‘Malays have reached tipping point’

‘Malays have reached tipping point’

Lawyer-activist says Malays are fed up with the opulence, arrogance and corruption in the current establishment.

PETALING JAYA: Lawyer-activist Azhar Harun today warned that the tipping point for the Malays has been reached as many are fed up with the country’s current situation.

Responding to those who believe that a PAS-Umno collaboration will ensure continued dominance by Umno, Azhar, popularly known as Art Harun, said the situation was not that simple.

“It is not as simple as PAS being placed as a spoiler in a three-cornered fight to split the Malay votes,” he said in a Facebook post.

Neither was it as straightforward as the Malays simply being angry, he added.

“The tipping point for the Malays has no equivalent English word. It is ‘menyampah’.

“Honestly, that tipping point has been reached. Many are now menyampah.”

Agreeing with a commentary titled “BN’s dicey situation in Johor”, which predicted that Barisan Nasional would struggle to retain the favour of “new Malays”, he said the Malays’ sentiment had “boiled up” and manifested itself as a “ravenous dislike, and even hatred, for the current set-up”.

“The opulence. The arrogance. The corruption.”

Such issues had overridden even the “absorbency” of Malays, he said.

“The Malays are an absorbent people. We absorb a lot. Our angers are easily pacified. You come to our kampungs, show your face, say something nice and give us bits, and we normally give you another chance. It is in our genes.

“It doesn’t take anger for the Malays to go against the tide.

“The article refers to the ‘new consciousness of the Malays’ that will redefine the Malay voting landscape.

“That is what I mean. The tipping point has been reached,” he said.

‘Malays have reached tipping point’
December 19, 2017 – FMT


BN’s dicey situation in Johor

BN’s dicey situation in Johor

Although support for BN in Johor still outweighs support for the opposition, it may struggle to retain the favour of ‘new Malays’ who are mostly detached from the Umno patronage network.


By Marzuki Mohamad

Singapore’s ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute just released its comprehensive survey report on the political sentiment in Johor ahead of the 14th general election (GE14). The survey finds that Barisan Nasional (BN) is still favoured by most Johor voters. Overall support for BN in Johor is at 45%, followed by opposition parties PAS (28%), DAP (21%), PPBM (18%) and Amanah (14%).

However, the report revealed that the distribution of support for political parties varies according to region. BN gained the highest level of support in the east of Johor (60%), but the party recorded a lower level of support in the Iskandar region (34%) and the northwest region (40%).

Among Malay voters across Johor, 65% said they favoured BN, a significant reduction from as high as 80% in 2013. Malay support for BN also varies according to region. The party recorded the highest level of Malay support in the east of Johor (65%), but it received lower Malay support in the Iskandar region (55%) and the northwest region (56%).

Chinese voters on the other hand continued to express their dissatisfaction toward the ruling party. Only 14% of Chinese voters across Johor said they favoured BN, with only 7% in the Iskandar region, 10% in the eastern region and 11% in the northwest region. Fifty-eight percent of Indian voters across Johor however favoured BN.

Although the level of support for BN is still higher than that for the opposition parties, the numbers do not seem entirely encouraging for the ruling party. The 2003 delineation of the electoral boundaries, which turned many parliamentary seats in Johor into marginal Malay-majority seats, may pose some challenge to BN in retaining its power in Johor in the next general election.

With extremely low Chinese support and significantly reduced Malay support for BN in the Iskandar and northwest regions, where the percentage of Chinese voters in the BN-held parliamentary and state seats situated in these areas is quite significant, ranging from 32%-46% of the total voters, seats like Johor Bahru, Pulai, Tebrau, Pasir Gudang, Ayer Hitam, Simpang Renggam, Tanjung Piai, Muar, Labis, Segamat, Ledang and Sekijang are in a dicey situation. Many of these seats are also BN’s marginal seats, won by the party with a narrow margin in the 2013 general election.

For the seats currently held by the opposition parties, with overwhelming Chinese dissatisfaction toward BN, DAP is most likely to retain all four Chinese-majority seats it won in the 13th general election. PKR, too, may retain Batu Pahat, the only parliamentary seat it currently holds in the state.

Pagoh, PPBM’s single parliamentary seat in Johor held by its president, Muhyiddin Yassin, used to be an Umno stronghold. But Muhyiddin’s departure from Umno in 2015 turned Pagoh into a PPBM stronghold in the country. Judging from the ground sentiment, Muhyiddin is most likely to retain his Pagoh seat.

With six parliamentary seats in Johor already in the opposition’s bag, and 12 other parliamentary seats in dicey situations, BN will face tough fights in 18 out of 26 parliamentary seats in the state. If Pakatan Harapan (PH) manages to push Malay support to slightly more than 35% in three-cornered contests in these seats, at least 16 of them will fall to the opposition. And the possibility is not too far-fetched.

The picture is not too rosy for BN. As Johor has always been considered BN’s stronghold, the uncertainty there does not augur well for BN in other states, either. If Johor can fall to the opposition, the other states will crumble.

BN’s dicey situation in Johor
December 18, 2017 – FMT

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