Delimitation Exercise Must Uphold Principle of “One Person, One Vote, One Value” — Malaysian Bar

Source: Malaysian Bar

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Delimitation Exercise Must Uphold Principle of “One Person, One Vote, One Value”

The Malaysian Bar notes that the Election Commission is currently undertaking a delimitation exercise, as provided for under Article 113(2)(i) of the Federal Constitution.  This provision states that the Election Commission “…shall, from time to time, as they deem necessary, review the division of the Federation and the States into constituencies and recommend such changes therein as they may think necessary in order to comply with the provisions contained in the Thirteenth Schedule…”.

In determining whether a delimitation exercise is necessary, the relevant principles in the Thirteenth Schedule that must be taken into account are expressly set out in Section 2 of the Schedule, which reads as follows:

(a)   while having regard to the desirability of giving all electors reasonably convenient opportunities of going to the polls, constituencies ought to be delimited so that they do not cross State boundaries and regard ought to be had to the inconveniences of State constituencies crossing the boundaries of federal constituencies;

(b)   regard ought to be had to the administrative facilities available within the constituencies for the establishment of the necessary registration and polling machines;

(c)   the number of electors within each constituency in a State ought to be approximately equal except that, having regard to the greater difficulty of reaching electors in the country districts and the other disadvantages facing rural constituencies, a measure of weightage for area ought to be given to such constituencies;

(d)  regard ought to be had to the inconveniences attendant on alterations of constituencies, and to the maintenance of local ties.

The Malaysian Bar highlights that providing for approximately equal number of electors in each constituency in a State is not only constitutionally required, but is also a universally accepted practice that underlines the hallowed principle of “one person, one vote, one value”.

The only acceptable departure from this principle is with regard “to the greater difficulty of reaching electors in the country districts and the other disadvantages facing rural constituencies”, where “a measure of weightage for area ought to be given to such constituencies”.  This is a safeguard against the willy-nilly manipulation of boundaries of constituencies. Read more

We must condemn and denounce threats of terror

Source: The Malay Mail Online

By Azrul Mohd Khalib

whatyouthink-new-logo_200_200_100OCTOBER 19 — I am sure that many of us who have read the death threats made towards Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Maria Chin Abdullah and her sons, as well as Mandeep Singh have been horrified at its contents and dark promises of terror.

Determining whether or not these messages actually originated from the local chapter of the Islamic State (IS) is necessary, but what is important at this point should be how we respond to such threats.

The Police DiRaja Malaysia (PDRM) will need to take this threat seriously and investigate, doubly so when it comes wrapped in IS imagery. I hope that they will investigate and seek to prosecute those behind these messages. Nothing justifies employing such barbarity. There are no ifs, buts or caveats which provide an exception as to why such tactics of intimidation are acceptable.  Read more

Bersih Sarawak lodges report over threats

Source: The Borneo Post

Teo (front row centre) and friends hold placards in front of the police One-Stop Centre prior to lodging her report. Pic taken from the Borneo Post.

Teo (front row centre) and friends hold placards in front of the police One-Stop Centre prior to lodging her report. Pic taken from the Borneo Post.

KUCHING: Bersih Sarawak vice-chairperson Ann Teo lodged a police report yesterday following the dissemination of doctored images threatening the lives of her Bersih counterparts.

Speaking to reporters at the police One-Stop Centre in Jalan Simpang Tiga, she said the report was made to show solidarity with Maria Chin Abdullah, Mandeep Singh, Ambiga Sreenevasan, as well as Maria’s three sons, all of whom were featured individually in images sent via Whatsapp. Read more

DiCaprio says will return funds found linked to 1MDB (VIDEO)

Source: The Malay Mail Online

DiCaprio said he was cooperating with US authorities to determine if money had come from questionable sources. — Cover Media pic

DiCaprio said he was cooperating with US authorities to determine if money had come from questionable sources. — Cover Media pic

NEW YORK, Oct 19 — Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio’s charitable foundation would return gifts or donations made to him or his ventures if they were found to have come from Malaysian wealth fund 1MDB, which is being investigated on money laundering allegations, his representatives said yesterday.

In his first comment on the multinational probe into the fund, DiCaprio said he was cooperating with US authorities to determine if money had come from questionable sources, according to the statement.

In July, a Hollywood production company was accused in a US civil lawsuit of using US$100 million (RM419.6 million) that prosecutors said had been diverted from the 1MDB fund to finance DiCaprio’s 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street, in which he starred.

In a statement yesterday, DiCaprio’s representatives said he had first learned of the probe through press reports in July. Read more

Azalina: Govt should not interfere with Malaysian Bar

Source: The Star

THERE should not be government interference in the Malaysian Bar.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said said the proposal to have two government representatives in the Bar was highly unacceptable among legal practitioners.

“It is not appropriate for the Government to interfere with professional bodies such as the Bar or any other professional bodies.

“Such bodies should be supervised by their own members,” she said when wrapping up the debate on the Advocates Ordinance (Sabah) (Amendment) Bill. Read more

Vote a mess the EC has made

Source: The Star

Pic taken from the Star.

Pic taken from the Star.

THE moment my two older children turned 21, I made sure they registered as voters. And they did their citizen’s duty for the first time on May 5, 2013.

My youngest child turned 21 more than a year ago but he has dilly-dallied getting himself registered, despite my reminders.

Now I am wondering whether he should bother. After all, he will most likely be packed in with the rest of the family in a constituency that, if the Election Commission has its way, will be so malapportioned, his vote will be “diluted and debased to the point of nullification”.

Those words in quote marks come from a United States Supreme Court judge, William O. Douglas, which struck a chord in me. Read more