SINGAPORE (Apr 9): Redelineation. I have always had trouble spelling the word and pronouncing it as well. I prefer “redrawing”. And as far as the electoral delineation process goes, it is the redrawing of electoral boundaries. That is what it is.

And with the Election Commission’s (EC) redelineation report tabled in parliament and passed (was there any doubt?), Barisan Nasional is set to win the 14th general election. That’s how analysts see the situation. One analyst says BN can retain power at the federal level by getting “just 42%” of the votes. Another puts it at 40%, and there is even one who says “just 33%” will be enough to do the job for BN.

Obviously, they see that the redelineation would worsen, or has worsened, the malapportionment of constituencies. Many parliamentary and state constituencies are seeing changes in demographics — meaning the creation of mono-ethnic constituencies. There are more Malay majority seats while the number of non-Malay constituencies are smaller in number.

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