KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2, 2015:

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today tabled a bill regarding the drawing up of new boundaries as part of proposed recommendations for federal and state general elections in Sarawak.

It was approved by more than a simple majority.

The matter was resolved by Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia after block voting.

“That’s the decision. There were 72 members who disagreed while 130 supported the bill, which means more than 112 (simple majority). So this bill is passed,” he said in the Dewan Rakyat.

Najib presented the bill to allow another 11 state seats to be added to the East Malaysian state, making a total of 82 seats.

The recommendation, made by the Election Commission (EC), will involve the new state seats of Batu Kitang, Stakan, Serembu, Bukit Semuja, Gedong, Kabong, Tellian, Bukit Goram, Murum, Samalaju and Mulu.

Earlier, PKR-Lembah Pantai Member of Parliament (MP) Nurul Izzah Anwar claimed that the re-delineation was one of Umno’s efforts to maintain its power in the state.

DAP-Lanang MP claimed that such efforts were meant to solve Sarawak’s internal political conflict with the newly-created party called Teras.

Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Syukri, when wrapping up her speech, said that the Election Commission (EC) was not dictated by any party and was very firm in making decisions.

“EC is not dictated by any party. Seats created are not in the interest of anybody.

“When the recommendation was publicised from Jan 5 till Feb 4 and also from March 30 till April 29 this year, EC received a lot of protests.

“There were some recommendations which were not agreed upon by the government itself.

“Even so, it will not be a hindrance as they have to follow the Federal Constitution.”

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