In 2008, Pakatan Rakyat fought a titanic battle in the GE12. It managed to astound Barisan Nasional by denying the BN, for the very first time in Malaysia's history, a two-third majority. Honestly, I don't think many people gave the PR that fat chance to do so in 2008.
The same system as in GE13 was used. The same delineation of voters and constituencies as in GE13 was used.
I have heard not a single complain about gerrymandering since 2008 until May the 5th 2013. (I could be wrong and I stand to be corrected on this).
In fact, most voters did not even know the word "gerrymandering" before 6th May 2013.
Prior to GE13, noises were made about the electoral roll being dirty. Efforts were put, either by making noises, lodge police reports or by going to Courts (YB Nurul Izzah did this and it was commendable of her I must say) to clean the roll. But to no avail as judicial review was not available.
But gerrymandering WAS NEVER an issue at all. Nobody, as far as I know, within Pakatan had complained about this.
In fact, a cursory reading of the Buku Jingga, Pakatan's political and administration Bible, did not even mention gerrymandering.
Buku Jingga did not even mention Pakatan's aspiration to re-delineate the various constituencies if they had come into power.
The truth is this. It is without doubt that delineation of constituencies have been made and used by the BN to somewhat favour them.
The question is whether that was legal or Constitutional. Why has there been no legal challenge?
But why is it such a huge issue suddenly now? Because Pakatan lost the GE13?
What if Pakatan had won? Would it be an issue? Or would Pakatan be ready to live under the same delineation just because it works for them?
Was Pakatan willing to hedge its position prior to GE13 by NOT making any kind of noise about gerrymandering PRIOR to GE13?
I don't know.
My point is this. You knew it was there all this while. You live with it. You never made an issue out of it. You contested in not one, but TWO GEs with the same system.
You lost this time.
Now you make a hell lot of noise about it.
I say you live to fight for another five years. So let's stop saying the GE is null and void bla bla bla.
Be a responsible opposition just as much as you want the government to be a responsible government.
I personally think that the Barisan is a validly elected government of the day.
A valid government has the right to defend itself, within the confines of the law against illegal acts.
Otherwise, the State would descend into chaos.