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Monday, May 13, 2013

Can the next redelineation exercise ignore exceptionally large constituencies?

DAP would have won 'hands down' if winning with big majorities is a factor in awarding points:

Parliament                              Winning MP                Total       Majority  Party
1. P122 Seputeh, FT K.L.;       Teresa Kok               85,976 51,552 PR-DAP;
2. P045 B. Mertajam, Penang;  Sim Chee Keong       78,996 43,063 PR-DAP;
3. P102 Serdang, Selangor; Ong Kian Ming       133,139 42,206 PR-DAP;
4. P051 B. Gelugor, Penang; Karpal Singh         81,897 41,778 PR-DAP;
5. P106 PJ Utara, Selangor; Pua Kiam Wee         85,401  41,672 PR-DAP;
6. P114 Kepong, FT K.L.;       Dr Tan Seng Giaw     68,035 40,307; PR-DAP;
7. P066 Batu Gajah, Perak; V Sivakumar         87,587 38,596; PR-DAP;
8. P123 Cheras, FT K.L.;         Tan Kok Wai        72,551 37,409; PR-DAP;
9. P085 Pekan, Pahang; Najib Tun Razak  80,260 35,613; BN-Umno;
10. P043 Bagan, Penang ; Lim Guan Eng        68,503 34,159; PR-DAP;
11. P064 Ipoh Timur, Perak; Su Keong Siong  81,818 34,000; PR-DAP;
12. P103 Puchong, Selangor;      Gobind Singh Deo 107,010 32,802; PR-DAP;
13. P048 B. Bendera, Penang; Zairil Khir Johari   71,085 32,778 ; PR-DAP;
14. P111 Kota Raja, Selangor;  Siti Mariah Mahmud 105,909 29,395; PR-PAS;
15. P065 Ipoh Barat, Perak; M Kulasegaran        77,761 29,038; PR-DAP;
16. P104 Kelana Jaya, Selangor; Wong Chen         101,236 28,827; PR-DAP;
17. P049 Tanjong, Penang; Ng Wei Aik         51,487 28,645; PR-DAP;
18. P100 Pandan, Selangor; M Rafizi Ramli        83,857 26,729; PR-PKR;
19. P107 Subang, Selangor; Sivarasa Rasiah      128,543 26,719; PR-PKR;
20. P046 Batu Kawan, Penang; Kasthuriraani Patto 57,500 25,962; PR-DAP.

Out of the top 20, there are 16 from DAP, 2 from PKR, 1 each from PAS and BN-Umno.
In other words, only 1 out of the top 20 with biggest majority is from BN, and he happens to be our PM, Najib Tun Razak.

If previous redelineations had been fair over the years, this lop-sided unfairness against the opposition would not have happened.

Taking a quick browse of the full list of parliamentary seats, the largest seems to be P109 Kapar, Selangor, with a total of 144,159 voters; while the smallest seems to be P125 FT Putrajaya, with a total of only 15,791!

Kapar was won by G Manivannan Gowindasamy (PKR) who garnered 69,849 votes with a majority of 23,790; while Putrajaya was won by Umno Secretary-General, Tengku Adnan who received 9,943 votes with a majority of 5,541.

There is no difference between the two parliamentary constituencies, other than one has almost 10 times the number of voters compared with the other. 5 years ago, Putrajaya had just over a third of the present number.  Instead of feeling small for having won in the smallest constituency, I am sure Tengku Adnan was proud to have defeated PAS VP, Husam Musa. With all the unfair advantages of incumbency and 'enforced' support from the civil servants (who are expected to support BN or fear their support would be known), and the last-minute goodies unashamedly distributed by caretaker PM, had Tengku Adnan lost, then it would have been most surprising.

What others in Malaysiakini think:
Don't let EC hijack redelineation process

EC may have problems re-delineating new seats in PR states

Update: Pekan stood out like a sore thumb, when compared to Kuantan, the largest town in Pahang...have they over-stretched themselves in their efforts to ensure victory for Najib?


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