KUCHING: The Election Commission (EC) should be taken to task for the extreme short notice to those who object from Batu Lintang to attend the public enquiry and their insensitivity to the Chinese New Year celebration.
State DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said the notice was served on the eve of the Chinese New Year, and the hearing was scheduled for Monday (the first working day after the festive celebration) at 8.30 am.
“This is less than one working day notice,” he said in a press statement yesterday.
According to Chong, the spokesperson for those who objected from Batu Lintang is Bong Kuet Vui, the special assistant to Padungan assemblyman Wong King Wei.
Bong received the notice on last Wednesday.
“With a less than one working day notice to attend the hearing is by all standards grossly insufficient and inadequate, bearing in mind that the holidays in between the notice and the hearing were the Chinese New Year celebration.
“What is the rush for the EC? Is the EC trying to rush the matter so that the new areas will be in time for the next Sarawak state election? Is EC taking instructions from BN to rush?”
Chong said the DAP had rounded up more than 100 voters in Batu Lintang constituency to make the following counter-proposal.
First, to create a new state constituency by joining two polling districts, namely Tabuan Jaya and Tabuan Laru, from the existing Batu Lintang constituency with four polling districts – Kenyalang, Supreme, Chong Kiun Kong and Simpang Tiga – from the existing Pending constituency.
“The new proposed state constituency shall be called ‘Tabuan Jaya’.”
Second, to create a new parliamentary constituency with the new Batu Lintang and Kota Sentosa state seats, leaving Stampin parliamentary constituency with only Batu Kawah and Batu Kitang state seats.
The proposed name for the new parliamentary constituency should be called ‘Sungai Maong’, added Chong.
“The purpose for our counter-proposal is to, more or less, equalise the number of voters for all the parliamentary and state constituencies.
“In Sarawak, the average number of voters for each parliamentary constituency is 36,700. But according to the proposal by the EC, the new Bandar Kuching Parliamentary constituency will have 78,000 voters.
“This number is more than double Sarawak’s average. It is also more than triple the number of voters for those constituencies with less than 20,000 voters.”
He alleged that “such unfair electoral delineation is totally against the principle of one-person one-vote one-value.”
“What the EC is doing is trying to mess up the voting rights and vote values of the electorates. It seems the sole purpose of the existence of the EC is to ensure electoral victory for the BN, notwithstanding that the majority of the voters will vote against the BN.”