COMMENT | By now, everyone should already know that the redelineation bill proposed by BN has been passed in Parliament. What this means is that many of the parliamentary constituencies in Malaysia will have new boundaries and a new number of voters.
The opposition and many non-governmental groups and activists have called it a gerrymandering exercise aimed at increasing BN’s chances in the next general election. In fact, there was even a protest outside Parliament before the bill was tabled.
At the end of the day, after all the votes by the members of Parliament, the bill was passed with an overwhelming vote of 129 votes against 80. This doesn’t come as a surprise, since there is just too big of a majority held by the BN.
A result of this majority that the BN holds largely stems from the constituency lines anyway. In the last general election in 2013, the opposition had won the popular vote by slightly over 50 percent. But unfortunately, the way the lines were drawn, BN continued to form the government...