By Chris Maskilone
KOTA KINABALU: Upko Wanita is all for the proposed 13 additional state seats in Sabah as it open up door of opportunities for more woman candidates in the future, among others.
Its chief Datin Juliana Jani said Upko had a few qualified woman leaders ready to stand in the previous general elections but the party was unable to accommodate them due to the limited seats.
“We are ready to shoulder the responsibility,” she said, adding that based on the statistics there were more women voters than men.
“So Upko Wanita is really heartened to note that the Bill for the creation of 13 new seats in Sabah is finally seeing light in this Parliament sitting,” she said in a statement here Monday.
Juliana said Upko Wanita fully supported the argument put forth by Upko Youth Chief Felix Joseph Saang on the issue as well as the call for Sabah and Sarawak to be given no less than half of the total parliamentary seats.
“Sabah is bigger than the states in Malaya but Sabah is still lagging behind in terms of development.
“Therefore, with more elected representatives it will ensure that the voices of the people are heard,” she said.
She also said large state constituencies would have its size trimmed paving the way for the creation of new constituencies through the electoral boundary redelineation exercise.
“With a relatively smaller constituency, its elected representative will be able to provide better services to the constituents,” she added.
Juliana said large constituency also needed bigger development funds, hence by dividing the constituencies into smaller ones it would greatly benefit the electorates.
On another note, she said that in the spirit of the 1963 Malaysia Agreement (MA63) Sabah is also entitled to more seats in parliament.
“That is why we fully supports the Upko Youth Chief for saying Sabah and Sarawak should be allocated more than half of the Dewan Rakyat seats,” she said.-SabahNewsToday