Relatives of mine working abroad contacted the nearest Malaysian embassy as they want to vote in the upcoming general election – but they hit a blank wall.
An embassy official told them that current election laws only allow full-time students and civil servants posted overseas to register as postal voters. Those who don’t fall in these categories will have to vote in Malaysia.
How shameful that Malaysians working abroad and their family members living with them – even those who intend to return home after a few years – are being systematically denied the basic right to vote.
As for full-time students abroad, I dare say many of them are unaware that they are eligible to register as postal voters.
While Malaysians abroad are being denied the right to vote, within Malaysia, we see many cases of dubious voters in the electoral rolls being regularly highlighted.