Dr M: EC’s redelineation will make next GE a ‘racial’ contest

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the recent redelineation plan by the Elections Commission (EC) will see constituencies divided based on race. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

PUTRAJAYA, Oct 5 ― The next general elections is going to be a racial one if the Election Commission (EC) goes ahead with its redelineation exercise, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad claimed today.

The former prime minister said the recent redelineation plan by the Elections Commission (EC) will see constituencies divided based on race.

“We see some gerrymandering going on now. Obviously this is going to be a very racial elections,” he told reporters during a press conference at the Perdana Leadership Foundation today.

Dr Mahathir admitted the redelineation done during his tenure as prime minister was intended to give more balance between rural and urban seats.

“In my time I must admit we gave weightage to rural areas. The rural areas were badly represented. We had to balance between influence of rural and urban areas,” he explained.

The chairman of newly formed Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) however said his party will be ready for the elections if it is called soon as it is working with other opposition parties.

“It is not Parti Pribumi alone, we will be working together with other parties who feel that the present government must be replaced,” Dr Mahathir said.

Commenting on former Umno Vice President Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal wanting to form a Sabahan only party, Dr Mahathir said there was no harm as long as his objectives remain the same as the other opposition parties.

“If Shafie wants to start a party in Sabah itself with Sabahan leaders and if they dedicated to overthrow the government, it would be the same as our aim,” he said.

The 91-year old however said he would not be contesting in the next general elections citing that he is aged.

“I will not be able to contest, I’m old,” Dr Mahathir said curtly. – Malay Mail Online

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