State DAP to file judicial review against EC

KUCHING: Sarawak DAP will be filing a judicial review against the Election Commission (EC) within the next 14 days for its refusal to grant a public hearing over the re-delineation proposal that affects the Bandar Kuching parliamentary seat.

Its chairman Chong Chieng Jen told a press conference yesterday that the letter dated Feb 18, 2015, to deny a public hearing was only received by the party headquarters here last week.

The letter stated that the re-delineation proposal would not affect the Bandar Kuching parliamentary seat.

However, Chong said he was surprised as to why the EC did not grant them a public hearing even though they had satisfied the EC’s condition of getting 100 objections from 100 voters in Bandar Kuching.

“Nevertheless, our lawyers are now compiling the paperwork for a judicial review,” Chong said after chairing a state party committee meeting.

He did not say when the judicial review would be filed in court.

Chong, who is also Bandar Kuching MP, said the constituency currently had about 80,000 registered voters, an increase of 28,000 voters since the last re-delineation exercise carried out more than 10 years ago.

Meanwhile, the state DAP will help their federal counterpart in a signature campaign to urge the Ministry of Education to amend the National Education Blueprint (2013 to 2025).

Among the issues raised yesterday was shorter time for Chinese schools to teach Mandarin classes, while more time is allocated to teach Bahasa Malaysia classes.

The campaign is also to get the ministry to give due recognition to Chinese middle schools in the blueprint.

“Currently, around 900,000 signatures have been collected in Peninsular Malaysia. We (the state DAP) will take it to one million signatures,” said Chong, who is also Kota Sentosa assemblyman.

on Borneopost(9/3/2015)