We will not deny people’s right to have electoral boundaries redrawn, says minister

(TMI) – The redelineation of electoral boundaries by the Election Commission (EC) should be supported by all political parties in the interest of the people, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (pic).

He said this was because the redelineation exercise as enshrined under the constitution constituted the right of the people to have more elected representatives to strike a balance in the number of voters in certain constituencies.

“So, if the imbalance needed changes to electoral boundaries, it is unbecoming on the part of the government to deny the people’s right,” he said yesterday.

He was commenting on opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s statement that Pakatan Rakyat would not endorse any redelineation of electoral boundaries by the EC with its current leadership still calling the shots. 

Shahidan said it was the opposition’s right not to endorse any changes to the electoral boundaries but it should not be associated with the EC leadership.