Save the Constitution: No 2/3 Majority for BN
This is no longer an option.
It is imperative that the government be denied another 2/3 majority in Parliament, if we are to put a stop to any further destruction of the Constitution and to have any hope, at some time in the future, of restoring the Constitution to what it was before.
In the last general election, 219 Parliamentary seats were at stake. BN took 199 (90.87%). Opposition won 19 seats and 1 seat was won by an independent candidate.
Not accounting for increased Parliamentary seats arising from a redelineation exercise, if the government is to be denied a 2/3 majority in Parliament after the next elections, Opposition and Independent candidates would need to secure 74 seats.
The Parliamentary seats that did not go to BN after the 2004 elections were:
Pengkalan Chepa (PAS)
Pasir Mas (PAS)
Rantau Panjang (PAS)
Kubang Krian (PAS)
Permatang Pauh (Keadilan)
Bukit Mertajam (DAP)
Bukit Gelugor (DAP)
Ipoh Timur (DAP)
Ipoh Barat (DAP)
Batu Gajah (DAP)
Bukit Bintang (DAP)
Bandar Kuching (DAP)
These 20 seats must be retained by the Opposition after the next election. The last thing we need to see happen at the next election is BN making inroads in any of these 20 non-BN seats.
If we are serious about denying the government a 2/3 majority after the next election, my sense is that we cannot leave this to the Opposition parties alone.
We, the voters, whose rights under the Constitution are being imperilled by the very persons entrusted to protect them, must act.
I would therefore like to initiate a ‘Keep our MP’ effort in these 20 constituencies.
If readers who are registered in any of the 20 constituencies mentioned above want to get together to work to ‘Keep our MP’, please send an e-mail to email@example.com
Even if the 20 seats mentioned above are retained by Opposition, that would still leave us short of 54 to deny the government a 2/3 majority.
How do we, the voters, even begin to try to wrest 54 seats from BN?
My thoughts on this in the next post.
Meanwhile, all ideas are welcome.