In a swift response to allegations that the unity government plans to expand the number of parliamentary seats from 222 to 300, Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil has categorically dismissed these claims as baseless. The controversy arose after Perikatan Nasional (PN) chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin asserted during a recent ceramah that the Pakatan Harapan-Barisan Nasional (PH-BN) government would seek to amend the Federal Constitution to boost the number of parliamentary seats if it wins the upcoming Pulai by-election on September 9.
Speaking on the matter, Minister Fahmi expressed his surprise at the suggestion, highlighting that this was the first he had heard of the idea, even as a cabinet member of the unity government. He voiced skepticism regarding the source of this information and characterized it as “wishful thinking” on Muhyiddin’s part.
Fahmi contended that Muhyiddin’s statement could be construed as an attempt to influence voters ahead of the Pulai by-election and suggested that if Muhyiddin genuinely had concerns, he should raise the issue during the upcoming Dewan Rakyat sitting. He encouraged Muhyiddin to seek clarification from the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, on the matter. Fahmi also urged Muhyiddin not to skip parliamentary sessions and to actively participate in Prime Minister Question Time (PMQT), emphasizing the importance of diligence in parliamentary duties.
Muhyiddin had expressed concerns about a potential redelineation of electoral boundaries, noting that the last redelineation exercise occurred in 2018 prior to the 14th General Election. This exercise aimed to address voter imbalances in constituencies and is governed by section 4(2) of the 13th Schedule of the Federal Constitution.