MP wants redelineation report halted as Penang renews challenge

The Penang state government sought leave at the apex court to challenge the Elections Commission’s redelineation exercise despite having their challenge dismissed by the Court of Appeal and the Penang High Court previously. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng
The Penang state government sought leave at the apex court to challenge the Elections Commission’s redelineation exercise despite having their challenge dismissed by the Court of Appeal and the Penang High Court previously. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 ― A DAP lawmaker today urged Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia to halt the redelineation report from being presented to Parliament after the Penang state government renewed its bid to challenge the redelineation exercise at the Federal Court.

The state government had on Friday sought leave at the apex court to challenge the Elections Commission’s (EC) redelineation exercise despite having their challenge dismissed by the Court of Appeal and the Penang High Court previously.

“It would be prejudicial for the speaker to allow it to be presented for approval,” Beruas MP Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham said during a press conference outside the Dewan Rakyat here.

The report, which was presented by EC to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak two weeks ago, is expected to be tabled in Parliament this week or early next week.

The Selangor government had also previously challenged the exercise, but the EC won its bid to quash an injunction against the redelineation process.

DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang meanwhile said that despite reports indicating that the redelineation report will be tabled and passed this Thursday, the report has still not been made available to MPs.

“The Parliament should not be a rubber stamp for such issues,” he said.

Lim urged that a Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) should be set up to study all the changes made in the redelineation report before it is passed in Parliament.

“The PSC should be given at least four weeks to study the report,” he added.

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