PETALING JAYA: The redrawing of electoral boundaries in Peninsular Malaysia states was gazetted today, according to a document published on the official website of the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC).
In the Federal Government Gazette, the document is named the Federal Constitution (Delimitation of Constituencies) (States of Malaya) Order 2018.
It states that the redelineation report completed by the Election Commission (EC) had been presented to the Dewan Rakyat and was passed. It had also obtained the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
The document, signed by the chief secretary to the government, Ali Hamsa, further stated that the order was effective from today (March 29).
This latest development comes as no surprise as on March 21, EC chairman Mohd Hashim Abdullah was reported by Bernama as saying that it would take only one day for the redelineation of electoral boundaries to be gazetted.
He said when the redelineation report is passed by the Dewan Rakyat, the EC would present the redelineation motion to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to obtain his royal consent.
”We (EC) only need one day to obtain the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and then it will become an official document and can be used for GE14,” he was quoted as saying.
Yesterday, the Dewan Rakyat had passed the motion on the redelineation of electoral boundaries after MPs from both sides debated for some two hours. There were 129 MPs who voted in support of the motion, and 80 who opposed it.
Prime Minister Najib Razak had tabled the bill earlier in the day, amid protests against the redelineation outside the Parliament building by opposition MPs, Bersih 2.0 and other activists.
In tabling the bill, Najib said the EC’s recommendations did not propose any change to the number of parliamentary and state constituencies but only suggested renaming 12 parliamentary and 28 state seats.
There are a total of 222 parliamentary seats and 587 state seats.
The last time Parliament approved a revision to the electoral boundaries was in 2003. According to the Federal Constitution, a review is necessary at least once every eight years.