Malaysians residing abroad are still unable to register as overseas postal voters.
Relatives of mine on a work contract abroad have tried in vain to register as overseas postal voters at the nearest Malaysian embassy. (They are already registered voters in Malaysia.)
They wrote to the embassy but eventually received a reply stating that only government servants and students working/studying abroad are eligible to vote by post at the embassy. Other Malaysians have to return to Malaysia to vote, the embassy said.
That’s a large number of Malaysians disenfranchised, as things stand. This is so unlike many countries that allow their overseas nationals to vote from abroad as a matter of course.