RANAU: The electoral boundary re-delineation exercise should be carried out in the State on par with its Sarawak counterpart.
Upko Vice President Datuk Siringan Gubat said Sabah might be left behind in the mainstream of development if the State did not make a stand on this matter soon.
“I was made to understand that the Sarawak’s request in this matter seems to have already been recognised by the Election Commission (EC), and that there were reports in the media on the re-delineation exercise already in progress in the state (Sarawak),” he said, adding that there was a news report on Jan 19 quoting State Deputy Speaker Datuk Johnny Mositun saying that Sabah may get additional seven new state seats under the said proposed new re-delineation exercise.
He stated that that Sabah EC Director Datuk Md Idrus Ismail had said early last month the commission has submitted the proposed re-delineation for Sabah to its headquarters and the proposal will be put on display for public feedback at a date to be fixed later.
Siringan who is also Paginatan Assemblyman said the State Government, however, have yet to make a stand on the matter.
“We just hope that we would get similar treatment from the EC, like in the case of Sarawak. To me, personally I hope we get at least the same number as what Sarawak has asked and will get…because if we get less than that (what Sarawak would get) we will be left behind by Sarawak in terms of development progress, because we only have little changes in terms of electoral boundary,” he said to reporters after officiating in the opening of the 33rd MSS Zone Tengah-level athletic event organised by SK Libang at Ranau Sports Complex here recently.
Siringan, who is also Resource Development and Information Technology Minister stated that in the case of Ranau, the parliamentary constituency should be divided into two with an additional new state constituency.
The State Statistics Department record showed Ranau has a population of about 95,800 in 2010, and increase by 2.5 per cent from the 2000’s figure of 74,456 people.
In terms of voters, Ranau parliamentary constituency has 39,750 registered voters according to the 2013 Electoral Roll. Kundasang state seat has 13,545 registered voters, while Karanaan has 12,590 voters and Paginatan, 13,615.- Sayangsabah