Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The 20% Government

For Malaysians who tsk-tsked their fellow citizens who continue to protest the GE13 results, please take note that BN formed the government only because they have won 112 of the 130 parliamentary constituencies that yield the smallest number of voters.

Bar Council Human Rights Committee co-chairperson Andrew Khoo had revealed this fact on June 08, 2013, and also added that BN's votes in these 112 constituencies constituted only 19.97% of all votes that were cast in the said election. 

And this was made possible because of the deliberate policy of manipulative gerrymandering. Khoo explained that constitutional amendments after Independence had removed vital weightage systems stipulated by law to ensure a fair delineation of constituencies. In fact, the disparity between constituencies can be so massive that it makes a mockery of the whole electoral process. Compare Putrajaya’s 15,791 voters to Kapar’s 144,159 voters. This means that one vote cast in Putrajaya equals to 9.129 votes in Kapar! Amazing, isn't it?

I was at the Taman Indrahana Toastmasters meeting. Last evening, i was merely an observer. Anyway, the meeting was well-attended. I didn’t think there were any great speeches although evaluations were, as expected, in a class of their own. I would give this meeting a score of a 7 over 10.

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