KOTA KINABALU September 1, 2011: Parti Berstau Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) supports the call to increase the number of state and parliamentary seats in Sabah, said its president Tan Sri Joseph Kurup.
The Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Environment said however an in-depth study must be conducted first so that a new agreeable formula can be worked out to ensure all areas in Sabah are better represented.
“It is something to be considered, but how many (seats). This needs to be studied thoroughly before any decision is made,” he said.
“The point is to ensure the needs of the people are perfectly met,” he told reporters when asked to comment on Parti Bersatu Sabah’s (PBS) call for re-delineation of the state’s constituencies.
Kurup, who is Pensiangan Member of Parliament, said that as to where and how many additional seats are to be created should be based on the size and not the racial composition of the constituencies involved.
On the proposed use of indelible ink to prevent electoral fraud, Kurup said he did not wish to make a stand on the matter.
He said however he would have no complaints if the method could really help increase public confidence in the country’s electoral process.
United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) president Tan Sri Bernard last week said the use of indelible ink on the ballot papers would be easier to implement compared to the biometric system in ensuring a transparent and fair election.
Dompok, who is also the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, said this is because the biometric system could not operate if there is a power failure.
"We will talk about it after Hari Raya,"
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman