Selangor fails again in bid to challenge redelineation

Source: Free Malaysia Today

Election Commission’s redelineation report 2018. Pic from FMT News.

PUTRAJAYA: The Selangor government has again failed to challenge the Election Commission’s (EC) exercise in redrawing electoral boundaries for the 14th general election (GE14).

In a unanimous decision, a three-man bench chaired by Ahmadi Asnawi today dismissed the state’s appeal, a day after the Dewan Rakyat passed a motion to approve the EC’s recommendations.

Justice Vernon Ong Lam Kiat, who delivered the oral judgment, said the EC’s proposals could not be challenged in court by way of a judicial review.

“The proper forum is to go to the local inquiry to challenge the EC’s proposals,” he said.

He added that any act or omission by the EC was not amenable to judicial review under Order 53 of the Rules of the High Court.

Ong said the court could, however, receive and hear complaints if any objections were not heard in a local inquiry. Read more

Redelineation: 18 parliament seats in Selangor to see changes

Source: Free Malaysia Today

The EC’s redelineation proposals will affect 18 of Selangor’s 22 parliament seats. Besides the transfer of voters and polling districts, the EC has also proposed a name change for five parliament and nine state constituencies in Selangor.

Election Commission’s redelineation report 2018. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The electoral boundary changes recommended by the Election Commission (EC) in its redelineation report for Selangor will affect 18 of its 22 parliament seats.

Of the 18 seats, only two are currently held by Barisan Nasional (BN).

The rest are represented by PKR (9), DAP (4), Amanah (2) and PAS (1).

The BN seats are Tanjong Karang and Kuala Selangor while PKR-controlled seats are Selayang, Gombak, Ampang, Pandan, Subang, Kelana Jaya, Kapar, Kuala Langat and Petaling Jaya Selatan.

DAP has Petaling Jaya Utara, Puchong, Klang and Serdang, while the sole parliament seat represented by PAS is Hulu Langat. Two other seats won by PAS in the last general election (GE13) but whose MPs have since crossed over to Amanah are Shah Alam and Kota Raja. Read more

EC’s redelineation exercise promotes racial politics, says group

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Voters queueing at polling streams for their turn to cast their votes — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 — The Election Commission’s (EC) admission that its redelineation proposal drew constituency boundaries along racial lines is proof that it practises racial politics, a group said today.

In a press statement today, human rights group Pusat Komas said it was “astounded” and disappointed by EC Chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah’s admission.

“Pusat Komas views that the delimitation has not only done injustice to the people’s vote, but also has the long-term effect of imperilling national harmony and the unity of Malaysians.

“The election, which is supposed to be a festivity for the people of a democratic country, now seems to be a tragedy waiting to happen where Malaysians are made to go against each other.

“This is a direct implication of the divide and rule activities conducted by the EC that draws electoral constituencies according to ethnic lines,” the statement read. Read more

Agong consents to EC’s redelineation report, new voting boundaries take effect today

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Malaysian electoral votes being taken for counting — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 — The Election Commission’s (EC) proposed new voting boundaries and renaming of seats will be implemented from today.

This is after the Yang di-Pertuan Agong gave his royal assent to the redelineation recommendations.

In an order gazetted today by the federal government, it was stated that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong had exercised his powers under the Federal Constitution’s Thirteenth Schedule’s Section 9 to make the order for the EC’s proposals to be implemented from today.

“This order comes into operation on March 29, 2018.

“The recommendations contained in the report of the Election Commission dated March 6, 2018 shall have effect from the date of the coming into operation of this Order,” the order dated March 28 said. Read more

EC chief admits racial redelineation, says ethnic groups can’t be split

Source: The Malay Mail Online

EC chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 — The Election Commission (EC) admitted today that its redelineation proposal drew constituency boundaries along racial lines, as it believed ethnic groups should be kept together.

EC chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah told New Straits Times in an interview that the commission took both geographical and ethnic aspects in consideration when redrawing the boundaries.

“We cannot simply divide an ethnic group in any particular area,” Mohd Hashim was quoted saying.

“Some question why we ‘take’ this area. These people see it only from a location aspect, but we have to consider the ethnic breakdown. We cannot put half of the community in one constituency and the other half in another. As best as we can, we try to keep them together. Redelination is made in voters’ interest,” he added. Read more

Not in the public interest — Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

A CRYPTICALLY-TITLED Anti-Fake News law is about to be enacted shortly if passed by Parliament. The outcry against it stems from its overbroad scope.

First, it goes beyond “news”. Its coverage is extraordinarily overreaching. It covers everything spoken, written, drawn, audio and visual – and the catch-all: “in any other form”. It covers words and ideas, too. It extends to publications and reproductions; and anything in digital or electronic form and replications of these. Every information is roped in – regardless of its scientific, literary or artistic value. Nothing is left out. Read more

Redelineation report will result in increased ethnic segregation, group says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The 14th general election is due in four months and the EC’s current redelineation proposal is largely expected to be gazetted and be used in time for the national polls. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

PETALING JAYA, March 29 — The Election Commission’s redelineation report will result in increased ethnic segregations as it packs different races into different constituencies, a group has said.

Tindak Malaysia (TM) mapping adviser Danesh Prakash Chacko said this occured in Perak where Malay voters were moved into Barisan Nasional territories.

“Chinese voters are packed into Pakatan Harapan seats, while Indian voters are packed into marginally BN areas,” he told the Malay Mail.

Danesh said the Indian voters in Perak could be used to swing the tide, as certain seats have significant number of Indians.

“Another factor to swing the vote would be the Orang Asli, who traditionally favour BN, even though their areas are not affected by the redelineation exercise,” he said. Read more