PUTRAJAYA: There will only be pro tem committees after the 166 Umno divisions are disbanded when the new electoral boundaries proposed by the Election Commission are legislated.
The legislative process for the new boundaries is expected to be completed by June after the Constitution is amended following approvals by both the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negara.
Umno executive secretary Datuk Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the reversion to pro tem status for Umno divisions was in line with the party’s set-up.
“We have to do this because the set-up of our divisions follows the parliamentary seats, meaning that an area covered by a division is the parliamentary constituency itself.
“With the redelineation exercise, the boundaries have changed, even for divisions that are not directly affected by the creation of the new parliamentary and state seats.
“This means that some divisions may have to be broken up while others may lose or get additional branches. Some will also be renamed,” he said.
The commission's proposal to create 25 additional parliamentary seats and 63 state seats was passed by the Dewan Rakyat on April 9.
The new parliamentary seats include Lenggong (Perak) Batu Kawan and Bukit Gelugor (Penang), Cameron Highlands, Indera Mahkota and Bera (Pahang), Sekinchan, Pandan, Puchong, Kelana Jaya and Kota Raja (Selangor) and Setiawangsa (Kuala Lumpur).
The others are Rembau (Negri Sembilan) Bukit Katil (Malacca), Sekijang, Ayer Hitam, Kahang, Tanjung Surat, Pasir Gudang and Tanjung Piai (Johor) and Kudat, Putatan, Kota Kinabalu, Kota Marudu and Sepanggar (Sabah).
Tengku Adnan said some reshuffling would need to be done, especially in divisions directly affected by the creation of the new parliamentary seats because they might have to be split up.
He said pro tem committees for 25 new Umno divisions would be set up in tandem with the creation of new parliamentary seats.
The pro tem status of the divisions, he said, would remain until the next party elections, scheduled for next year.
The party’s constitution allows the tenure of the party’s office bearer to be extended up to 18 months.
Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Khalil Yaakob said he would table a proposal at the supreme council meeting, probably after the next parliamentary sitting in June.
The Umno supreme council would issue a directive that appropriate action be taken to form the new divisions and their pro tem committees, he said, adding that Umno would follow the new electoral boundaries in the setting up of the new divisions.”
Khalil said this after opening a motivational seminar for students organised by Yayasan Kemiskinan Kelantan with co-operation from the Special Affairs Department and State Education Department.
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