PSC discusses seat allocation for Sabah, Sarawak

The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) for Electoral Reforms put forward by Datuk Seri Dr. Maximus Ongkili in Dewan Rakyat on Wednesday discussed issues concerning allocation of parliamentary seats in Sarawak and Sabah.

The chairperson of the committee said that he took notice of the request put forward by the Inter Government Committee regarding the equal division of seats in Sabah and Sarawak, and the peninsula. He further informed the members present in Dewan Rakyat that the report submit proposed that both states be given 34% representation in order to make sure that the interests and the voice of both the states are represented fully without giving either one of them priority or more importance.

Regarding the request forwarded, Ongkili said that PSC carried out an in depth analysis of the implementation techniques in the light of the basic principles at the time of the formation of the country. He also informed that the committee has looked into the suggestions put forward by the Election Commission regarding the voters who live away from their polling areas. The step will allow voters belonging to any state to cast their vote from any polling station without having to go back to their home regions to cast the vote.

He concluded his remarks saying, “Further investigation into doubtful names of voters as highlighted by Sabah and the call for the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry on illegal immigrants in Sabah, should be carried out to ensure the electoral roll is accepted by all.”

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