Sarawak delineation reveals ‘shocking’ results

Source: The Rakyat Post

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah (left) during a joint press conference with the Malaysian Electoral Roll Analysis Project (Merap) today. — TRP pic by Daniel Chan

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah (left) during a joint press conference with the Malaysian Electoral Roll Analysis Project (Merap) today. — TRP pic by Daniel Chan

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21, 2016: The recent delineation exercise in Sarawak has revealed some shocking results, said Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah,  based on the analysis by the Malaysian Electoral Roll Analysis Project (Merap).

“Based on the voting trends observed in the 13th General Election, Barisan Nasional has a strong chance of winning 10 out of the 11 new seats created by the re-delineation exercise.

“This has created BN friendly seats while the average constituency there would shrink between 25% and 47%.

“There has been a worsening imbalance in the number of voters in each constituency, making a mockery of the one person one vote one value principle,” she said at a press conference here today. Read more

Special sitting to debate TPPA at Dewan Rakyat next week

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The Dewan Rakyat will hold a special sitting next week to debate the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). – The Malaysian Insider file pic, January 21, 2016.

Notice of the special sitting of the Dewan Rakyat on January 26 and 27 to debate the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) was issued to all MPs on January 7, said Dewan Rakyat secretary Datuk Roosme Hamzah.

She said the house would sit, as usual, from 10am to 5.30pm, unless there was any motion to extend the hours.

“It depends on the number of MPs who would want to speak during the debate upon the agreement of the speaker. If there is a need for an extension, the government will table a motion on that,” she said. Read more

TPPA: Why the rush? — Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Malay Mail Online

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR

JANUARY 21 — The attack on those who allegedly oppose the TPPA seems to be reaching a crescendo as the date for the parliamentary presentation of the agreement draws near: the latest is by Wan Saiful Wan Jan. ‘Prioritise consumers in TPPA deal’, The Star online, 19 January 2016. He has labelled critics as ‘ideological activists’. In contrast he says he is focused on facts and only the truth.

He declares himself as ‘pro-liberalisation’ — preferring unilateral to multilateral liberalisation. Now, is not that an ideological position? And ideologues, he says, simply cannot sift the truth.

He accuses the Bantah-TPPA NGO as opposing the agreement two years before even seeing the ‘real TPPA text’. It is well known that there were leaks of the negotiating text — through Wikipedia and other Snowden-type channels. Read more