KOTA KINABALU – United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) has proposed to the Election Commission (EC) to increase the state constituencies for Sabah, similar to EC’s plans for Sarawak.
Its Information chief Albert Bingkasan said the party’s proposal was based on facts and research, which had already been submitted to the EC.
He and some party delegates visited the Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama), Sabah bureau here yesterday.
EC has proposed to add 11 more state seats for Sarawak, bringing the total to 82. Sabah currently has 60 state seats.
Albert said an increase in constituencies for Sabah would narrow the people-to-assemblyman ratio and enable the latter to serve his constituents more efficiently and effectively.
“The population increase means that we need more representatives to ensure the development of the people. We also believe in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s ‘People First, Development Now’,” he told Bernama.- BERNAMA