Motion on new seats to be tabled
Published on: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Putra Jaya: The motion on the redelineation of electoral boundaries will be tabled at the Dewan Rakyat only and need not go to the Dewan Negara level, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said the motion, which would be tabled by the head of the parliamentary council, only needed a simple majority, which is 111 out of the 220 MPs.

The number of MPs is short by two following the deaths of Jelebu MP Zainudin Ismail, who died in December last year, and Paya Besar MP Abdul Manan Ismail, who died last month.

No by-election was called with the general election due to be held soon.

"So I am confident the BN will get more than that as the coalition has 132 MPs.

"As soon as the motion is passed at the Dewan Rakyat and receives the assent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for gazetting, it becomes a motion and need not be taken to the Dewan Negara," Zahid said at the luncheon talk with editors and publication permit holders at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC), here, Tuesday.

Zahid, who is also BN Chief Whip, said the Dewan Rakyat will sit from March 5 to April 5 while Dewan Negara will begin sitting from April 16 to 30.

He said the motion on the redelineation of electoral boundaries would be tabled after the debate on the speech by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is completed and other Acts had been tabled, including the Supplementary Supply Bill.

"That's all that I can say. This is official information that we know. I don't know the date of dissolution and I don't know the polling date."

Last Saturday, Zahid said the Government had yet to decide on the date of tabling the motion on the redelineation of electoral boundaries.

He said he will have a meeting with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia to discuss the date for tabling the motion.

Present at the luncheon talk were Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, Home Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim, Malaysian National News Agency (Bernama) Chairman Datuk Seri Azman Ujang and Bernama General Manager Datuk Zulkefli Salleh.


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