KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 — Barisan Nasional parties objecting to a proposed redelineation were doing so out of “assumptions” rather than facts, said Umno’s Tan Sri Annuar Musa.
The Umno information chief added, however, that his party’s allies were entitled to their own views on the matter.
“Those who make complaints are making their own assumptions,” he told reporters during a press conference today.
He also denied that the redelineation exercise was designed to favour Umno.
Annuar added that Umno was gathering feedback from its grassroots before conveying their findings to the EC.
“The Umno divisions that are unhappy with the redelineation should object through proper channels under the EC,” he said.
The EC notified the public last week of its plan to redraw the boundaries of 12 parliamentary and 34 state constituencies, with several also to be renamed.
The move was met with criticism not only from the usual sources in the opposition, but also some in the ruling BN including MCA and Gerakan that voiced concerns over the apparent segregation of voters along ethnic lines.
MCA central committee member Datuk Ti Lian Ker yesterday warned that the exercise would send Malaysia on a path to racism, alleging that the redelineation appeared designed to “pit Umno’s political tendency of Malay supremacy against DAP’s politics of Chinese chauvinism.”
The EC has denied that the move was meant to help protect the political power of the Malay-based Umno, the lynchpin of the BN coalition.
It further said the redelineation was not yet final and still subject to public objections.