Don't let BN and EC hijack redelineation process
'According to former Perak MB Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin (PAS), Pakatan polled 625,710 votes or 54.79 percent in Perak while BN only received 506,947 or 44.3 percent of ballots and yet it formed the state government with a three-seat majority.
This is a perfect example of the political gerrymandering used by UMNO to win elections and remain in power for 56 years. This is a blatant election fraud that the opposition and all Malaysians must wake up to.
If we continue to do nothing, UMNO will rule forever. And the re-delineation exercise so earnestly being forced through for the end of this year is exactly intended to do just that. To keep UMNO entrenched in its survival game.'
According to chartered accountant DATO RAMESH RAJARATNAM,
"The greatest disservice of this FPTP system was shown clearly in Malaysia in GE13 when 915,560 voters in East Malaysia sent 48 BN candidates to our Parliament, or simply put, the average vote cost per BN lawmaker was 19,074.
Because of the severe skewering (aka gerrymandering) of the constituency delineations, it cost an average of 84,053 votes to get one Pakatan Rakyat MP in East Malaysia, or 4.4 times more expensive.
On the national average, it cost BN 39,381 votes per MP as opposed to Pakatan's 63,191 votes. Quite frankly, Pakatan had to work 60 percent harder than the BN had to.
What this means is that unless the present delineation boundaries are redrawn to fix this severe misrepresentation of societal voice, any opposition will need about 60 percent of the national votes to be on par with BN come election time, forever."
In other words, "915,560 people, who are basically very removed from urban and national politicking, more or less sealed the fate of 11,054,577 voters or about 29 million people in Malaysia - thanks to the FPTP system."
Someone did some number-crunching and came out with a theoretical situation where either coalition could in fact win with a simple majority in Parliament with just over 17% of the total votes!
In theory, this could be done by any one side, winning with a simple majority of 1, starting from the smallest constituency Putrajaya (15,791; Turnout 14,465;) polling 7233 votes; then the next smallest constituency; and then the next, until 112 seats were obtained.
Update: 112 seats, from smallest constituency (Putrajaya), and their registered number of voters:
50.1% of 4,409,939 = 2,209,379, which is 16.65% of 13,268,002 (total registered number of voters).
This is based on 100% turnout, but I believe, if based on average turnout rate, the percentage remains the same. After all, this is only in theory, to show how ridiculous a disproportional representation could be.