In the federal government gazette published on Sept 15 – see below – on the proposed redelineation of electoral boundaries, the Election Commission referred to the states in the peninsula as “negeri-negeri Tanah Melayu”.
Subang Jaya is among the biggest state constituencies in Malaysia. After the impending electoral delineation exercise, Subang Jaya will have an evil twin, Kinrara.
GE14: Number of voters
- Subang Jaya — 66,059 +
- Kinrara — 62,271 +
Subang Jaya and Kinrara are two very, very huge state seats.
In contrast, Muhyiddin Yassin’s Pagoh – which is a parliamentary constituency – will have only 36,387 voters post-delineation.
The Selangor state seats N.30 and N.31 belonging respectively to DAP incumbents Hannah Yeoh and Ng Sze Han each have almost double the number of voters of P.143, the Johor federal seat represented by Muhyiddin the PPBM president.
BELOW: Memang padan … Hannah the larger-than-life politician administers an unbelievably humongous constituency
Whale-sized monster — Our Lady of Jerusubang
Subang Jaya is presently under the parliament area of P.104 Kelana Jaya while Kinrara is presently under the parliament area of P.103 Puchong.
Divine inspiration, however, hit the Election Commission and prompted it to create the perfect evangelical parliament constituency by plotting the move of YB Yeoh and YB Ng’s evangelical flocks to the new Subang.
Hence come the next election, Subang Jaya and Kinrara will together make up the reconfigured parliament seat of Subang. Its current MP (Kelana Jaya) is evangelista Wong Chen.
Source: Original map @ https://openclipart.org/download/261925/dun-selangor-sep-2016.svg
Thus GE14 will see a trio of evangelista YBs – Wong Chen, Hannah Yeoh and Ng Sze Han – installed as the ruling triumvirate of Subang.
Jerusubang central is truly shaping up to be the evangelista nuclear core, thanks to the EC’s handiwork.
Note: The original Subang (currently under YB Sivarasa Rasiah) will instead be called Sungai Buloh after the delineation.
SUGGESTED NAME CHANGES FOR GE14
- P.104 Kelana Jaya → Subang
- P.105 Petaling Jaya Selatan → Petaling Jaya
- P.106 Petaling Jaya Utara → Damansara
- P.107 Subang → Sungai Buloh
N.36 Damansara Utama → Bandar Utama
Like Incredible Hulk, Subang is bursting at the seams
The EC further decided that the new Subang should be a leviathan, having a total of 128,330 + voters and ranking among the biggest parliament constituencies in the country.
It’s hard to imagine Subang Jaya growing any bigger as it already had 61,688 voters in 2013. But grow further it will under the delineation ops. Subang Jaya will eventually have more than 66,059 voters, i.e. Hannah is getting an additional 4,371 voters.
Subang Jaya saw a quantum leap of 28,276 voters, from Hannah’s first term having 33,412 voters and increased to 61,688 voters in her second term. The big jump was a result of the DAP’s overzealous voter registration drive.
BELOW: The Malaysiakini graphs are interactive … click on the ‘Redelineated’ grey box to see the figures
Evil twin Kinrara almost doubling in size
A similar spurt in the number of Kinrara voters, however, is due to an altogether different reason.
Kinrara (which used to be Teresa Kok’s seat in 2008) had 34,241 voters in 2013/GE13. In the coming election GE14, the proposed redrawing of boundaries by the EC will cause Kinrara to have a mind-boggling 62,271 voters.
Courtesy of the EC, Kinrara’s electorate will have increased by 28,030 at one go!
Subang, which is going to consist of Subang Jaya and Kinrara, is well deserving of the accolade “pocket rocket”. Its voter boost is phenomenal.
BELOW: The second bar chart shows how the DAP super majorities in Selangor will get even bigger post-delineation
Potential Umno seats made smaller and more Malay
A state seat that is presently a Kelana Jaya parliament ward is PKR’s Seri Setia.
If the proposed delineation by the EC goes through, Seri Setia will be taken out of the ‘old’ Kelana Jaya and moved to the new Petaling Jaya.
Seri Setia had 39,548 voters in the last election but will have 47,393 voters in the upcoming election. The inclusion of a burgeoning Seri Setia state seat into the new Petaling Jaya will similarly supersize this DAP-held parliament seat.
The EC’s suggested shift of Seri Setia and the tweaking of its polling districts will result in more Malay voters here. Some pundits reckon that PKR’s incumbent Nik Nazmi might lose Seri Setia in GE14.
BELOW: Rajiv is as big as his former boss Hannah
DAP’s sardine seats even more packed with non Malays
You can see from the red bar charts above the mega majorities (in the five digits) obtained by the DAP Aduns in Selangor. The mostly urban and suburban populations they serve are immensely dense.
Taman Medan is an opposition-held seat bordering Seri Setia. Unlike the general pattern whereby tons of DAP supporters are squished into one seat, Taman Medan’s mixed electorate is instead going to be reduced from 44,974 to 39,088.
Its total 5,700 voters (who are mostly non-Malay) will be moved out to Bukit Gasing, Petaling Jaya.
Bukit Gasing is diehard DAP and won by Hannah’s former personal assistant evangelista Rajiv Rishyakaran (pix above) in 2013 with a huge majority of 15,842.
The proposed transfer of 5,700 mostly non-Malay voters to Bukit Gasing will not make any difference to who wins. It is definitely Pakatan Harapan. The only change will be the DAP’s margin of victory becoming much bigger — possibly close to a 20,000 majority.
On the other hand, the spiriting away of these 5,700 voters from Taman Medan might just allow Umno to snatch the seat away from PKR which won it in GE13 with a 3,731 majority.
BELOW: Un-cute anime … evil twins Subang Jaya and Kinrara
GE14 marks point of no return
The EC twiddling Selangor electoral boundaries is making the Malay seats more Muslim and the Chinese seats more Christian.
DAP is an evangelical party that derives staunchest support from the Chinese community no doubt but its leadership is nonetheless top heavy with Christians.
This concentration of DAP supporters into sardine tins is inadvertently consolidating Christian power into a few very highly saturated localities.
Ironically, it is the EC that is shaping the hitherto spiritual realm of Jerusubang into a physical locus on the map.
Condensed, super-sized Subang is scary — what with its teeming masses of Mama Dapster acolytes.
The upcoming polls has been dubbed “the Mother of All Elections”. In the aftermath off the GE14 watershed, racial and religious polarization in Malaysia will be irreversible. There is no turning back any more.