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Withdraw 1,051 voters from unfinished Segamat army camp, defence minister told

Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein is urged to remove 1,501 military personnel and their spouses as registered voters at an incomplete camp in the Segamat constituency in Johor. — Reuters picDatuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein is urged to remove 1,501 military personnel and their spouses as registered voters at an incomplete camp in the Segamat constituency in Johor. — Reuters picKUALA LUMPUR, Nov 2 ― Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein should order the Armed Forces to remove 1,051 military personnel and their spouses as registered voters at an incomplete camp in the Segamat constituency in Johor, DAP Johor said today.

DAP Johor chairman Liew Chin Tong urged Hishammuddin to intervene as he was the minister in charge of the army.

“I hope Hisham will act speedily to direct the Army to withdraw these names from the 3rd Quarter of Electoral Roll of Segamat parliamentary seat,” the Kluang MP said in a statement today.

Liew had linked the voter roll to MIC president Datuk Seri Dr Subramaniam, who is also the Barisan Nasional (BN) MP for Segamat, but did not provide any proof.

Subramaniam won the seat in the 2013 elections with a 1,217 vote-majority. He had won 20,037 votes while his rival and then-Johor PKR chief Datuk Chua Jui Meng had won 18,820 votes.

Liew said he had submitted an emergency question for the Minister's Question Time session in Parliament, where he sought to ask the prime minister to state the Election Commission's consideration on this matter.

While the question was not selected to be replied, Liew said he spoke briefly to Hishamuddin today and claimed that the latter reiterated that it would be illogical to transfer military personnel without preparing housing for them as they would then not vote for the ruling BN coalition.

Citing the supplementary electoral rolls for the third quarter this year that are currently displayed to the public, Liew said there were 1,079 military personnel were registered to vote in the Segamat parliamentary and Jementah state seats ― with 1,051 registered at Kem Segamat and 28 others registered at Regiment 501 Territorial Army Kem Segamat.

“The Segamat camp is only due to be completed in April 2018,” Liew pointed out.

The Segamat parliamentary constituency encompasses the state seats of Jementah and Buloh Kasap. Jementah is currently held by DAP's Tan Chen Choon, while Buloh Kasap is held by BN's Norshida Ibrahim.

“Two other camps are being constructed in Johor, namely in Sembrong and Pagoh, which we suspect are designed to bring military voters to help to win seats. Voters have not been officially registered in these new camps as yet,” Liew claimed.

The Sembrong MP is third-term incumbent and Umno vice-president Hishammuddin, while the Pagoh MP is former Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who is currently president of new Opposition party Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

The 14th general elections must be held by August 2018, but can be called earlier.

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