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Redelineation Process To Ensure Equal Representation

03/30/2018

PH has accused Malaysia’s electoral system as flawed, based on ‘First-Past-The-Past’ (FPTP). Under the FPTP system, the candidate with the most votes wins the election – winner takes it all. It gives an impression that the representation system is distorted. Despite winning a large popular vote however, the candidate has no representation in the government. PH views the recent delineation by the Election Commission (EC) as unrepresentative as it favours BN. This would mean that a majority of the people would serve the minority government whom the opposition terms as tyrants. The system did save BN and allowed to form a government following the 2013 general election. BN only attained 47.37 percent of the popular vote but won 133 out of 222 parliamentary seats. As an alternative, PH has called for a proportional form of representation practiced by several countries.

Well…PH has got it all wrong. There is no bad intention on the Government’s part to play out PH in the upcoming election. What the EC had done lately was to ensure that all constituencies have an equal number of voters. That no one is deprived of his or her inalienable and voting rights. The commission is entrusted with a duty to ensure that all federal and state boundaries do not overlap. Facilities will be made available for registration and polling equipment in each constituency. The number of voters in a given constituency within a state should be equal. The objective is to prevent gerrymandering which could manipulate the electorate size in favour of a political party.

Simply speaking, PH should look at the boundary delineation positively. After all, the process ensures fairness for all parties and voters. Electors still have the right to choose their parties that they believe will deliver. It is the people who decide their future Government, not the EC. 

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