DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang has proposed for snap polls in Selangor in the light of Election Commission’s (EC) constituency re-delineation proposals.
Posting his thoughts in his blog, Kit Siang said the proposals will result in mangled and butchered the map of Selangor with the sole purpose of returning Umno to power in the state.
“The Barisan Nasional (BN) only won 12 Umno state assembly seats in the 2013 General Elections, but it is hoping to recapture the Selangor State Government which it had failed in two general elections in 2008 and 2013.
“Through the most unashamed, blatant and flagrant violation of the democratic principle of “one man, one vote” in the re-delineation of the constituencies, both for Parliament and State Assembly, in the Selangor state,” said Kit Siang earlier today.
The Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Razali Ismail, has denied that the re-delineation exercise is lop-sided and in favour of Umno and Barisan Nasional, claiming that the allegation is aimed at tarnishing Umno’s image.
“Only a person who has the special brief to re-delineate the Selangor state assembly seats with the sole objective of returning Umno and BN to state power in Selangor.
“In particular it violates the constitutional mandate to ensure that every constituency re-delineation exercise should close the voter disparity to approximate to the “one man, one vote, one value” principle.
“The current fifth constituency re-delineation is making history by making the voter disparity in electoral constituencies even greater than before – which is clearly not intended by the Constitution,” added Kit Siang.
Kit Siang further claims that the re-delineation exercise by EC is merely for Umno to regain power in Selangor state and strengthen their Federal two-third majority hold in the next election.
He further emphasise that the re-delineation exercise will help BN to eliminate individual personalities in the 14th General Election, most notably the former Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, former Pakatan Rakyat Perak Mentri Besar Nizar Jamaluddin and PKR Vice President Nurul Izzah Anwar.
Later in the afternoon, Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali shot down the idea to call for snap polls citing his government could not betray the mandate given by the people of Selangor to the opposition coalition in the last general election.
Azmin defended that the state government would be studying the re-delineation proposals before making any protest on the matter.