BN's last-minute insidious attacks on democracy

Opinion  |  Nathaniel Tan
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COMMENT | As more and more signs point to the dissolution of Parliament this Friday, it is becoming abundantly clear that the government has saved its most insidious new laws for the very last minute.

Pushed through in the very last days of the very last parliamentary sitting were the Election Commission’s (EC’s) redelineation exercise and the Anti-Fake News Bill - the latter ironically being passed on April 2, the day after the biggest fake news day of the year.

It is deeply disappointing that PAS and Khalid Ibrahim voted in favour of these two bills, giving very little doubt as to what we can expect a vote for PAS to mean.

I believe the redelineation especially will be BN’s single biggest weapon in the coming general election.

Others have elucidated in much greater detail in Parliament how this redelineation favours BN, while Bersih has just highlighted its own findings of exactly how abusive this exercise is.

A particularly shocking point was the fact that a coalition can theoretically obtain a simple majority in Parliament and form the government by merely winning 16.5 percent of the popular vote.

This is an absurdity of Orwellian magnitude...

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