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