The integrity and impartiality of the Election Commission (EC) is called to question on the recently announced delineation exercise.

The integrity and impartiality of the Election Commission (EC) is called to question on the recently announced delineation exercise.  So far, the so-called further explanation or purported justification provided by the EC in respect of the delineation only reinforces the fact that the EC is the stooges of Barisan Nasional or even the 14th party in BN.

I wish to point out the self-contradictory explanation provided by the EC in respect of the delineation exercise:

1. The EC claims that the re-drawing of the area into smaller areas is for the purpose of making it easier for the elected representatives to serve their constituencies.

If that were the case, why is there no re-delineation of the Parliamentary seats?  If the ADUNs need to have their constituency sized down-sized to provide better service, why is there no such similar need for the MPs and their parliamentary constituencies?

The true reason for the non-increase in the Parliamentary constituencies is that the BN does not have 2/3rd majority in Parliament and the re-delineation is so unfair and ridiculous that the EC is confident that no right-minded opposition members of Parliament will lend their support to such proposal.


2. The EC claims that the rural or suburban constituencies are larger in surface area and thus harder to serve, and therefore need to have less number of voters.

If that were the case, why is Satok one of the smallest in surface area and yet has only 13,580 voters?

The surface area of Satok is slightly bigger than Padungan, but smaller than either Pending or Batu Lintang.  Satok’s surface area is only 1/3rd of the surface area of Kota Sentosa and 1/5th of the surface area of Batu Kawah.

Yet, Satok has only 13,580 voters whereas these other areas has the following number of voters:
Padungan (22,873 voters);
Pending (30,881 voters);
Batu Lintang (24,640 voters);
Kota Sentosa (21,247 voters); or
Batu Kawah (19,643 voters)

Anyway, it is a joke that when there is an increase of 11 state constituencies for Sarawak, there is totally no increase in Parliamentary constituencies for Sarawak.

The only plausible explanation why the EC is willing to make itself looking like a fool in rushing to increase the State seats while maintaining the number of Parliament seats is that there are now BN friendly UPP and TERAS which require certain State seats to appease.  Though not all of the increased seats will go to UPP, TERAS, or SUPP or SPDP, but it will help to lessen the conflicts.

Therefore, I call on the EC to withdraw its present proposal and redo the whole thing to come up with a new proposal.  This is the only way which the EC can hope to save whatever credibility it has left.


11-1-2015
Chong Chieng Jen
MP for Bandar Kuching / ADUN for Kota Sentosa
DAP Sarawak Chairman