The Election Commission’s (EC) proposed electoral re-delineations would ensure a fascist state with a permanent Barisan Nasional (BN) Government.
KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional (BN) seeks to win a football match by tilting the field, widening their opponent’s goal, and breaking the legs of the other team before the game even starts, said Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar in drawing an analogy to explain the latest electoral re-delineations in the peninsula. “But this is no game.”
“The issue at hand is the very lives of the people of Malaysia, the future of our children and our grandchildren in the decades to come,” warned the MP.
She described the proposed re-delineations, in a statement, as an affront to democracy. “We must spare no energies to ensure such scandalous efforts to steal our nation from under us are rejected summarily.”
Nurul called for a Petition and Appeal to the Agong to reject the EC’s proposals.
“A Royal Commission of Inquiry should be set up to address this existential threat to our democracy,” she said. “The RCI should lead to an objective, independent and democratic system of electoral district apportionment.”
Nurul, who is also PKR Vice President, called for protests in every affected district to reject the “disenfranchisement and undemocratic process” of the Election Commission’s (EC) proposed re-delineations. “Support and attend the Bersih 5.0 rally in unstoppable numbers. It’s call for justice cannot be ignored.”
The EC is heading in the direction of a fascist state, instead of a representative democracy, she cautioned. “Some may argue that it’s ‘not that bad’.”
Her stern caution to them would be this: “if righteous people do not stand together now, who will be left standing when the BN supermajority starts amending the Constitution on liberty, freedom and human rights?”
Nurul was taking issue with the EC’s proposals to “set the people up for an incalculably greater theft than recent scandals: “the larceny of our nation and its government by a corrupt minority seeking to guarantee itself a parliamentary supermajority before even a single vote is cast”.
In the past year, she reminded, the people have already seen the largest corruption scandal ever in the nation’s history.
Multiple analyses show the EC’s proposed re-delineations risks condemning Malaysia to a permanent BN Government, with decimated Opposition and no accountability whatsoever, she argued.
“Imagine then the unfathomable drainage of the nation’s coffers through 1MDB and related scandals, and multiply this nightmare tenfold, or more,” said Nurul. “That’s the future awaiting us if we allow this flawed re-delineation exercise to continue.”
The quantifiable danger of the proposed re-delineation was the virtual guarantee that a BN Government can once again lose the popular vote and still win Parliament.
Additionally, continued Nurul, it would come back with a two-thirds majority to l change the Constitution itself. “There would be no check or balance,” she said. “In future, with this re-delineation, 1MDB could be just the tip of the iceberg.”
“If we do not stop this now, we risk losing everything.”
Despite the BN’s abysmal 47 per cent support in GE13, Nurul recalled the ruling coalition had the “audacity” to introduce draconian amendments to the archaic Sedition Act 1948 it had once pledged to repeal.
In the current Parliament, BN found a way to displace the Agong by passing the dangerous National Security Council Act (NSC Act) to give absolute power to the Prime Minister.
She cannot imagine a future that could be even worse.