PM URGES 3.7M TO REG­IS­TER AS VOT­ERS

Coun­try’s di­rec­tion lies in their hands, says Na­jib

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PRIME Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak has called on Malaysians to reg­is­ter as vot­ers, say­ing that the coun­try’s di­rec­tion lies in their hands.

Na­jib, in his blog na­ji­brazak.com, yes­ter­day said there were more than 3.7 mil­lion cit­i­zens who were el­i­gi­ble to vote, but had yet to reg­is­ter.

“Vot­ing is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of ev­ery Malaysian who has the right to de­ter­mine his fu­ture.

“It is a process of democ­racy where power is given to the peo­ple to choose a leader who will rep­re­sent them and a gov­ern­ment that will drive Malaysia to be­come a de­vel­oped na­tion.”

He said based on fig­ures from the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (as of March 31), more than 3.7 mil­lion peo­ple aged 21 and above had yet to reg­is­ter as vot­ers from 18 mil­lion el­i­gi­ble cit­i­zens.

“The statis­tic is an in­di­ca­tor that the pub­lic’s aware­ness of their rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties is low. There­fore, I urge agen­cies in­volved to in­ten­sify ef­forts to ed­u­cate and reg­is­ter these el­i­gi­ble vot­ers.

“The per­cent­age of voter turnout should be im­proved as com­pared with the 13th Gen­eral Elec­tion, which had 84.84 per cent or 11.2 mil­lion peo­ple.

“There may be some who con­sider the reg­is­tra­tion to be te­dious. How­ever, the per­cep­tion is wrong.

“The process will take only five min­utes with your MyKad at a post of­fice, Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC) head­quar­ters or state EC of­fices.”

He said Malaysians should not take things for granted by let­ting oth­ers make the de­ci­sion for them.

“The de­ci­sion you make will greatly im­pact your and your fam­ily’s fu­ture.

“Your voice counts in de­ter­min­ing your fu­ture, your chil­dren’s fu­ture and the na­tion.”

In Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day, Min­is­ter in the Prime Min­is­ter’s Depart­ment Datuk Seri Aza­lina Oth­man Said said EC had re­ceived 1,454 voter reg­is­tra­tion ob­jec­tions be­tween Jan­uary and March.

She said this in a writ­ten re­ply to a ques­tion from Kasthuri­raani Patto (DAP-Batu Kawan), who asked the prime min­is­ter to state the num­ber of el­i­gi­ble vot­ers based on age, race and state as of June.

Kasthuri­raani also asked for the num­ber of new voter regis­tra­tions, and whether tem­po­rary MyKad hold­ers were al­lowed to vote.

Aza­lina said tem­po­rary Malaysian iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card hold­ers were not con­sid­ered as Malaysian na­tion­als.

“There­fore, tem­po­rary MyKad hold­ers are not el­i­gi­ble to reg­is­ter as vot­ers and do not have the right to vote in gen­eral or by­elec­tions.”

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