A REDELINEATION exercise for the Paya Terubong state constituency is crucial in coming years in order to serve the people and resolve local issues better, said Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow.
He added that with population in the area reaching 50,000 people, the number is now higher than those in a parliamentary seat in the state.
Suggesting for a redelineation, Chow said it would be better if the Paya Terubong constituency is divided into two constituencies in the next election.
“At Tanjong parliament seat, the population is 49,000. This (Paya Terubong) has reached 50,000 and should be divided into two, but did not happen in the last redelineation exercise.
“If there is an additional constituency here, the machineries can be doubled and it will help to sort out issues affecting the people here,” he said at the recent opening of the Paya Terubong constituency service centre run by its assemblyman Yeoh Soon Hin.
The new electoral boundaries were gazetted after its report was tabled at the Dewan Rakyat before the 14th General Election (GE14).
Penang was mainly unaffected by the redelineation exercise, except for minor changes in Balik Pulau which did not affect voters and in Kepala Batas which affected less than 200 voters.
Prior to GE14, the state government led by former Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng said some of the electoral constituencies in Penang were disproportionate in size and needed correcting.
However, none was done in the redelineation exercise by the Election Commission (EC).
At the service centre’s openingin Jalan Angsana, Yeoh, who isalso Penang Tourism Development, Heritage, Culture and Arts Committee chairman, thankedvoters and the state government for all the assistance.
“I thank them for having supported and encouraged me in my political journey.
“My promise to them will beto provide better service in the future,” he said.