Minister of Justice: Redelimitation exercise for Sabah and Sarawak must follow legal process | Malaysia


Minister of Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar speaks to reporters in Kuching on March 13, 2022. – Bernama pic

KUCHING, March 13 – Proposed redelimitation exercise to add parliamentary seats to Sabah and Sarawak must be completed through proper legal process, Prime Minister’s Department Minister (Parliament and Law) says Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

He said the case should follow the procedure provided for in Article 113 of the Federal Constitution.

According to Article 113 of the Federal Constitution, he said, any review or study on the redelimitation exercise can only be carried out once every eight years.

“The last redelimitation exercise for Sarawak dates back to 2015 and Sabah in 2017.

“It means that for Sarawak, if we want to see the addition of parliamentary seats, it will only happen after eight years, in 2023. A study will then be carried out,” he said when he was told. met by reporters after attending an event in Kampung Tanjung. Bako here today.

Further commenting, Wan Junaidi said that after the eight-year period, a committee would then consider the need for a redelimitation exercise which would be chaired by the Chief Minister of Sabah and the Prime Minister of Sarawak.

“Through this committee, they will submit requests (for a redelimitation exercise) to the federal government. If agreed, it will be implemented in accordance with the process,” he said.

Meanwhile, commenting on the need to extend the MoU on transformation and political stability signed by the government and the opposition on September 13 last year, Wan Junaidi said the MoU has benefits that needed to be pursued.

He added that the MoU, which is in effect until July 31, has successfully led to several amendments to the Federal Constitution in Dewan Rakyat which have benefited the people.

“(After that), there are many other proposed amendments to the Federal Constitution that we (the government) will table in the Dewan Rakyat, such as the Anti-Party Leap and Term Limitation Bill for the Prime Minister. .

“If we don’t have this understanding to support the government’s program, it is difficult for us to approve a constitutional amendment that requires a two-thirds vote of support from Dewan Rakyat members,” he added. — Bernama


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