When the right to be heard counts for nothing

Posted on January 6, 2018

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many-colours-one-dream923089_576322912401152_1069880995_n27th September, 2016, several PJ Selatan and Bukit Gasing registered voters, myself included, converged at the office of Bukit Gasing state assemblyman Rajiv to lodge our objections to the Election Commission’s proposed redeliniation of both our parliamentary and state constituencies.

Yesterday morning, about 8.35am, I received a call from one Puan Zura of the EC. She informed me that the inquiry to hear the objections of registered voters from PJ Selatan / Bukit Gasing would convene that morning. My slots were at 9am and 9.30am.

“Would I be attending?”, she asked.

I clarified that I had not received written notification of the date of the inquiry, and that I was due to go into a meeting at 9am that was expected to last the whole day.

She in turn clarified that the notification had been sent to the office of Rajiv. I replied that I had never notified EC that the office of Rajiv could be resorted to, to serve the notice on me. My postal address was within EC’s system. That was the address to which the notice ought to have been sent.

She asked again if I would be attending. I repeated that I was due to attend a meeting.

She said that she would notify the inquiry that I would not be attending.

I objected. I said the inquiry ought to be notified that I had never been served with the notification of the inquiry.

The call ended.

I shall be consulting my MP and state assemblyman and lawyers to decide the best course of action, if any.