BN believes redelineation favours them: Lim

GEORGE TOWN: The freshly gazetted redelineation of voters is supported by Barisan Nasional (BN) due to the fact that the judgment coalition believes they have the assistance of Malay voters, inning accordance with DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.The Penang Chief Minister said that BN thinks a “Malay Tsunami” versus them would not occur, as they are confident that the Malay electorate would support them in the upcoming election.

“It stays to be seen if the citizens will likewise bow to BN’s dreams. However exactly what is clear is that the redelineation has caused ethic imbalance in some constituencies, moving Malay citizens greatly into hotly disputed constituencies, while the Chinese were changed to locations under the Opposition,” he said.During an interview today, as an example, Lim mentioned that in his Air Puteh state constituency in Air Itam, the variety of citizens were minimized from some 14,000 to 12,752, whereas in neighbouring Paya Terubong, the variety of citizens ballooned to 41,071.

“This is an outright imbalance. An unreasonable increase of citizens in some seats.”

The Dewan Rakyat passed the redelineation of electoral boundaries with a bloc-vote of 129 against 80 on Wednesday, the very same day it was tabled by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, amidst protests and reaction from the Opposition.The motion was passed

after 14 MPs from both sides debated for 10 minutes each on the EC report, that will affect 98 parliamentary seats.The Federal Constitution states that an evaluation is needed at least once every eight years. The last time the electoral borders in the country were redrawn was in 2003.