Allegations by the opposition that the redelineation exercise by the Election Commission (EC) were lop-sided and favourable to Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) were aimed to tarnish the the federal ruling party’s image, Bernama reported today.
Umno supreme council member Razali Ibrahim said the opposition’s intention was to create doubts and plant the belief in the minds of the people that the Putrajaya administration actually controlled an independent body like EC.
“I wish to repeat that if we can control the EC, no need to worry about redelineation, we will make a clean sweep in the general election,” he said sarcastically after opening Pontian Umno division’s delegates meeting.
Razali, who is also deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said the opposition raised the issue to try to create distrust in the federal government.
“If they can do this, the people will reject BN candidates in the general election, and eventually the votes would go to the opposition,” said Razali.
Razali was commenting on the statement by DAP advisor and Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang on Friday that the redelineation exercise for the 14th General Election (GE14) was one-sided in order to allow Umno to remain in power.
EC started exhibiting the Recommendation Review of the Redelineation of Electoral Boundaries in Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah for one month from Thursday Sept 15 until Friday Oct 14.
According to EC, the protests must reach the body in one month within that one month period.