KOTA KINABALU September 8, 2011: As a state assemblyman for one of the largest constituencies in Sabah, Masiung Banah supports the proposal to increase the number of seats in the area.
The Kuamut assemblyman said they had proposed three new state constituencies, including one for Bukit Garam and one parliamentary constituency for the area.
Masuing said in the proposal, the Kuamut state constituency would be changed to Tongod because at the moment, Tongod is under the administration of two district offices, Kinabatanagan and Tongod.
“So with an area of 3,881 square miles, there is definitely a need to increase the number of seats in the area,”
he said when asked to comment on the proposal by Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) chief information officer Datuk Johnny Mositun to increase the number of electoral constituencies in Sabah.
Kinabatangan member of parliament Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin has also proposed for another parliamentary seat in his constituency.
According to Masiung, with more representation, there would be more allocation for development and more channels for the constituents to air their grouses.
“It is difficult for one elected representative, especially those who are representing huge areas like Kuamut, to be able to visit the whole constituency to service the people. If we can give more service to the people, it will be in line with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s People First, Achievement Now concept,” he stressed.
When asked for his opinion if indelible ink or biometrics would be better suited for constituencies like Kuamut, Masiung immediately replied: “Of course, indelible ink.”
This is because of the lack of infrastructure such as electricity supply in Kuamut, he said.
“Even some places don’t even have generators. There is also no Internet access in my constituency, so how can biometrics be used,” he stressed.