Malaysia votes

How redrawn electoral boundaries can help Barisan

Participants at a rally organised by electoral reform group Bersih to protest against the Bill to redraw electoral boundaries, near Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur last week. The latest electoral amendments look set to "cut the angle" for Barisan Na
Participants at a rally organised by electoral reform group Bersih to protest against the Bill to redraw electoral boundaries, near Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur last week. The latest electoral amendments look set to "cut the angle" for Barisan Nasional. This boxing tactic refers to fighters positioning themselves slightly off-centre from their opponent's lead hand in order to maximise their attack and minimise the other fighter's defence.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Participants at a rally organised by electoral reform group Bersih to protest against the Bill to redraw electoral boundaries, near Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur last week. The latest electoral amendments look set to "cut the angle" for Barisan Na
Participants at a rally organised by electoral reform group Bersih to protest against the Bill to redraw electoral boundaries, near Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur last week. The latest electoral amendments look set to "cut the angle" for Barisan Nasional. This boxing tactic refers to fighters positioning themselves slightly off-centre from their opponent's lead hand in order to maximise their attack and minimise the other fighter's defence.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

It is done and dusted. Following a brief debate and a vote of 129 for and 80 against in the Lower House, Malaysia has newly redrawn parliamentary and state boundaries in place.

The re-delineation exercise amends boundaries in 98 out of 165 parliamentary seats in eight states in Peninsular Malaysia as well as the Kuala Lumpur Federal Territory. It also changes the names of 12 parliamentary constituencies.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 07, 2018, with the headline 'How redrawn electoral boundaries can help Barisan'. Print Edition | Subscribe