Equalising our constituencies : The 52% will strike back

Posted on November 16, 2014

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Moderator’s note : This is how it is going to work.

I share my thoughts through my column at the Rakyat Times.

My activism, be it through ABU, Negara-Ku or any other vehicle, will continue to be driven through this blog.

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In my column  in the Rakyat Times last Friday, entitled “Will we, the 52%, strike back?”, I alluded to the wholesale gerrymandering and malapportionment that afflicts our parliamentary constituencies and how this was a major factor in BN continuing to form the federal government post the 13th GE although they had only garnered 47% of the votes cast.

I also referred to the anticipated delimitation exercise by the Election Commission that is expected to kick off soon and how, according to Wong Pung Yiow of Tindak Malaysia, this exercise offers the best opportunity to us, the 52% who voted for change at the last GE, to “right the inherent wrongs in our present constituency boundaries”.

According to Wong, two things can be achieved if we are permitted to effectively exercise our constitutional right with regard to this imminent delimitation exercise.

First, we can work towards equalizing our constituencies, aspiring towards achieving the ideal of 1 person, 1 vote, 1 value throughout the constituencies.

Second, and this will go a long way towards helping us achieve the first, to prevent the increase in the number of parliamentary constituencies from the existing 222, which, according to Wong, already far exceeds the number that we actually need.

There were three comments to my column that I want to reproduce here.

Blogsmith asked : “How do we the 52% strike back? We need leaders to lead and point the way”

Lee King Siong : “The question is how do we strike back?”

Loyal Malaysian : “…we have no strategy or plan of action to take!!”

We have a strategy and a plan.

I will share it with you in the next few posts.