KUALA LUMPUR: The government is expected to table a Bill to increase the number of state seats in Sabah from 60 to 73 next Wednesday (July 17).
The Bill was listed as number five in the Dewan Rakyat Order Paper on Monday (July 8).
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong said on Feb 21, 2017, the Election Commission had submitted a proposal for the creation of the seats to then prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for tabling in Parliament.
However the proposal was not tabled in the 13th Parliament session.
In June last year, the EC had submitted the report again to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
"After looking at the report, the Pakatan Harapan government decided that it was important to have enough democratic representation that is effective for the people of Sabah," he said in a statement on Monday.
Last week, The Star reported that Putrajaya is expected to table the Bill, which will increase the number of seats in the state assembly from 60 to 73.
It is understood that the move is following the request by the Sabah state government to Dr Mahathir to table the Bill.
In August 2016, the Sabah legislative assembly passed an amendment to the state Constitution to allow for the 13 new seats to be created.
This was gazetted after the Sabah Yang-di Pertua Negri gave his consent by the end of the year.