I am referring to the Sun‘s top story today, entitled “Obstacles Ahead : EC may Have Problems Re-delineating New Seats in Pakatan States” regarding the re-delineation exercise by the Election Commission of Malaysia in Pakatan- led states. According to the newspaper, the last known re-delineation was in 2003. It also quoted Penang Chief Minister, Lim Guan Eng, as saying that any re-delineation which does not uphold the “one-person, one-vote” principle is a n0-go for the Pakatan government.
Selangor, for example, has a total of 56 seats in the state legislative assembly. Pakatan led the Selangor DUN with 44, while Barisan Nasional (BN) managed to have 12 seats. Sepang parliamentary seat (P113) has three state constituencies, namely Tanjung Sepat [N54(B)], Dengkil [N55(B)] and Sungai Pelek [N56(B)]. The three state seats were won by PAS, Barisan Nasional (BN) and DAP respectively in the 13th General Election (XIII MyGE), while the Sepang parliamentary seat was won by Mohamed Hanipa Maidin from PAS. The inclusion of Cyberjaya as the state seat under the Sepang parliament will bring a total of existing three to four DUN seats. Cyberjaya has left unrepresented since its inception in 1996, particularly as the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) smacks in it.
I think that Selangor DUN elections should be called immediately after the re-delineation exercise. I am sure that Barisan will be successful this time in recapturing the once-richest state in entire Malaysia. This will also make Selangor, the first peninsular state to hold DUN elections, as well as second after Sarawak. But, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim must first agree to the re-delineation suggestion by the EC. By the way, he swears in for a second term before the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah today at Istana Alam Shah in Klang, the state’s royal town.
The Selangor BN chairmanship should be Selangor-born and bred man as he is very particular in overseeing development of the state run by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR). This will help Selangor BN achieve their objective of recapturing the state in line with the Sayangi Selangor, Yakini BN (Love Selangor, Trust BN) motto. If Barisan is ready for regaining the state, they must consider the right and suitable man for the MB post. Datuk Noh Omar, having successfuly won and defended his Tanjung Karang parliamentary seat [P95] may or will be moving to a random DUN seat, making him the next Selangor MB.
I think the re-delineation process should be a stepping stone for Barisan to redeem all the three states it lost to Pakatan.