KUALA LUMPUR – September 23, 2016: Barisan Nasional has decided to form a task force to study matters arising from the proposed redelineation of election boundaries by the Election Commission.
It is headed by the coalition’s secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor and comprises the secretary-generals from all component parties.
The group will engage with everyone, including the opposition parties.
Prime Minister and BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak told the reporters after a council meeting here today that the feedback gathered will be used for possible counter proposals to the EC.
Any counter proposal will have to be submitted before or October 14, the deadline for objections set by the EC.
The proposed redelineation announced last week by the EC has received negative reactions from a few political parties, notably the MCA, Gerakan and DAP. Critics described it as a form gerrymandering by BN.
Gerakan and MCA, both members of BN, say the exercise will result in polarisation and affect their chances in the next general election.
BN vice-chairman and MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said he was relieved the supreme council had taken a proactive measure.
“I was relieved that all component parties will be given the chance to give their suggestions in making the counter proposal,” Liow added.
Another decision of the council today was to appoint Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi as BN vice-chairman and Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak as treasurer to replace former Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Husni Hanadzlah.
Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein and the party’s supreme council member Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed were appointed Umno’s representative to the BN.
Additional reporting by Zaidi Azmi.