Idris: BN to table assembly motion for more seats


SEREMBAN: Barisan Nasional members of the state assembly will table a motion for three additional state constituencies to be created, state BN leader and chief minister Idris Haron said today.

He said the additional state seats were necessary as some parliamentary constituencies had a high number of voters.

“For example, the number of voters in Tangga Batu parliamentary constituency has reached 80,000 people, Bukit Katil with 104,000 people and Kota Melaka, 98,000 people,” he said, according to Bernama.

“Therefore, the Election Commission (EC) should look into this,” he told reporters after opening the Seremban Umno divisional delegates meeting here today, Bernama reported.

His proposal, as reported yesterday, for opposition supporters to be carved out, drew criticism from the Bersih electoral reform group who accused him of twisting the constitution.

He was reported to have said a redelineation would increase the Malay voting population from 53 per cent to 67.5 per cent, and would be of help to the Barisan Nasional.

Bersih contended today that “contrary to Idris Haron’s intention, the redelineation process is not designed to ensure the ruling coalition’s victory when it loses majority support.”

Idris’s remarks today were in a response to a statement by Parti Keadilan Rakyat vice-president Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin, who is MP for Bukit Katil, seeking clarification about the proposed redelineation of his constituency.

Idris, an Umno Supreme Council member, said the proposed redelineation and additional state seats was to ensure elected representatives would be able to serve their constituents better and more effectively.


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