KUALA LUMPUR: The Dewan Rakyat today passed the motion on the redelineation of electoral boundaries.
The motion was carried 129 votes in favour and 80 votes were against.
Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin announced the outcome of the block voting this afternoon.
The 129 MPs that voted in favour of the motion are Barisan Nasional (BN) representatives and Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (Independent-Bandar Tun Razak).
Among the BN MPs that voted yes included Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (BN-Pekan) and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (BN-Bagan Datuk).
The 80 MPs that voted against were from Pakatan Harapan, Pas, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) and Parti Warisan Sabah.
Among those that did not vote due to their absence include Datuk Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz (DAP-Raub), Mohd Rafizi Ramli (PKR-Pandan), Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi (Pas-Temerloh), and Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (Pas-Marang).
Those who could not vote due to expulsion are Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham (DAP-Beruas), Nga Kor Ming (DAP-Taiping) and V. Sivakumar (DAP-Batu Gajah), and Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Gelang Patah).
When approached, BN MPs who voted Yes refused to comment regarding the matter.
Pandikar Amin however adjourned proceedings for today in order for it to resume at 10am tomorrow.
Meanwhile, during winding up of the redelineation proposal, Zahid said the Election Commission (EC) has taken into account all matters during the study of the electoral boundaries.
He noted that EC has considered all issues raised by MPs who debated the motion in Dewan Rakyat today, adding that the government is open to views from others.
He said EC has taken representations from state governments, local authorities, and 100 registered voters, including by going to rural areas to get the views of those opposed there.
"The government does not disturb or influence the EC's decision.
"Throughout the period of public hearing of the result of the redelineation study, EC has received 1,685 representations throughout the period of the first and second public viewing.
"On a whole, EC has weighed all objections covering 36 per cent of local area investigation. Around 1,041 or 62 per cent of representations, including support for the proposal, 545 or 32 per cent was rejected and 99 representations or six per cent were accepted and rejected.
"The overall spending by EC to carry out the study is RM5.4 million, involving RM3.9 million in 2015 and RM1.5 million in 2016," he said during winding up of the debate.
EC GIVES FOUR MAJOR RECOMMENDATION
THE Election Commission (EC) proposed four major recommendations from the two local investigations it conducted involving the redelineation of electoral boundaries.
EC, through its Volume 1 of its Revision of the Border Review, stated that there would be no changes in the number of election divisions at the federal level in the peninsula.
As such, EC said there would also be no change in the number of election divisions at the state level in the peninsula
“Thereafter, there was an amendment and change of names to the federal election divisions, involving 12 election divisions in the Federated States of Malaya — one in Kedah, Perak (2), Selangor (5), Negri Sembilan (1), Melaka (1) and Johor (2),” the report said.
“Lastly, there are amendments and changes to the names at the state elections divisions, involving 28 state election divisions in the Federated States of Malaya — one in Kedah, Kelantan (2), Terengganu (1), Perak (2), Selangor (9), Negri Sembilan (2), Melaka (3) and Johor (8).”
EC said 600 personnel were involved in the two local investigations involving the redelineation of electoral borders in the peninsula.
— Reports by Mohd Anwar Patho Rohman; Meor Riduwan Meor Ahmad; Adib Povera; Mohd Iskandar Ibrahim; Hidir Reduan; Nor Ain Mohamed Radhi and Ahmad Suhael Adnan