By Nizam Zain
KUALA LUMPUR – Barisan Nasional (BN) has allegedly used the redelineation of electoral Parliamentary areas to weaken the strong forts of PAS, especially in the East Coast.
Its President, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang said, the redelineation process by the Election Commission of Malaysia (EC) was proned to the Parliamentary seats won by PAS with nearing 100,000 voters.
“The votes for PAS are increasing, causing BN to redelineate them to new areas. We have witnessed the redelineation of PAS strongholds such as Kedah, Kelantan, Terengganu, where a parliamentary area has 90,000 to 100,000 voters.
“There are only 40,000 voters in Johor and 16,000 voters in Putrajaya. They (BN) did the redelineation so that they are strong in their areas,” he said in a media conference in conjunction with the Perak Green Wave at Seri Iskandar, Perak.
On GE13, PAS won 14 out of 73 parliamentary seats when they were with the Pakatan Rakyat coalition.
During the same GE13, PAS has failed to defend the Kedah State Government as it was won by BN.
Abdul Hadi also said that there is a possibility for PAS to win in parliamentary areas with more than 90,000 voters in East Coast if the election process is fair and clean.
“We are strong in three Parliaments. If the election is clean, transparent and fair, we would have won,” he said.
Abdul Hadi added that the strength of PAS lies in its grassroots machineries throughout the country.
“We have grassroots in 196 areas nationwide. We have our areas in each parliament. Unlike the other parties, they do not have areas.
He emphasized that PAS is very different from UMNO which depended on the government’s machineries.
“We are unlike UMNO, they have their parts, they move with the governments’ machineries. We don’t. We have our areas. We have our branches,” he added. -MalaysiaGazette