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Dozens protest in KL against Malaysian Election Commission's re-delineation report

KUALA LUMPUR — Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 has kicked off a rally to protest against the Election Commission's re-delineation report, which is to be tabled in Parliament on Wednesday (March 28).

Civil societies and opposition politicians said the EC’s re-delineation proposal for Selangor, which is controlled by the Pakatan Harapan pact, violates the federal constitution and leads to gerrymandering and malapportionment. Photo: The Malaysian Insight

Civil societies and opposition politicians said the EC’s re-delineation proposal for Selangor, which is controlled by the Pakatan Harapan pact, violates the federal constitution and leads to gerrymandering and malapportionment. Photo: The Malaysian Insight

KUALA LUMPUR — Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 has kicked off a rally to protest against the Election Commission's re-delineation report, which is to be tabled in Parliament on Wednesday (March 28).

Dozens of people began gathering at the National Monument in the heart of Kuala Lumpur early on Wednesday, wearing yellow T-shirts and carrying placards.

The authorities earlier blocked vehicle access to the National Monument, leading rally organisers to inform the public to park nearby.

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) will act as overseers of the rally.

Organisers said the group plans to march to Parliament, which is some 1.5km away, to hand in a memorandum of protest to Prime Minister Najib Razak and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia.

Civil societies and opposition politicians said the EC's re-delineation proposal for Selangor, which is controlled by the Pakatan Harapan pact, violates the federal constitution and leads to gerrymandering and malapportionment in the number of voters in seats.

Critics said the re-delineation will benefit the ruling Barisan Nasional government.

Mr Najib is due to table the bill at 11.30am on Wednesday.

Last night, Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Yunos was reported to have said he will gather 5,000 people to counter the Bersih rally outside Parliament on Wednesday.

However, Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said neither groups have a permit to hold a street protest and warned organisers that the authorities will use the Peaceful Assembly Act (APA) 2012 against participants. THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT

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