Last Saturday, at Citizen Nades’ talk, many of you expressed a desire to create change, in Malaysia; however, not all of you were registered to vote and some of you asked me how to do this.
First. If by now, you are back in Malaysia, then it is easy.
Just head for the nearest Post Office (PO). The PO staff are very helpful and they will assist you. I know this to be true, because this is how I registered, to vote.
Second. If you are in the United Kingdom, you can register to vote, at the Malaysian High Commission section which deals with voter registration. I phoned them and they too, were very helpful.
You will need to bring along your Passport and Identity Card (if you have it) with you. Please make photocopies of these document(s).
If you are working in UK, and have a visa, please make a photocopy of this.
Please bring these along with you and at the Malaysian High Commission in Bedford Row, you will need to fill out a form on behalf of the Election Commission.
i) NEW ADDRESS (as of 20 March 2017):
52 Bedford Row, Holborn, London WC1R 4LR
ii) PHONE CONTACT:
+44 796 661 4004
iii) OFFICE HOURS: The office for voting registration, is only open from MONDAY to THURSDAY and from 0900 hrs to 12000 hrs
iv) Additional information
a) I advise you to ring the contact telephone number above, and find out what you need to bring with you, just to be sure. The High Commission staff will assist you on individual circumstances, eg if you are a student, a housewife of an expat Malaysian etc.
b) You will have heard the oft repeated remark,”Register by 31st March”. The reason for this, is that it will take on average four (4) months for your name to appear on the books.
So, if the PM calls for GE-14 in September, you should be able to vote, as you are already registered.
If for one reason or another, you are stuck on Mars, or worse still, in Timbucktoo, from now till 31 March, do not worry.
You can still register to vote, after 31 March, but please bear in mind, that if an early election is called, for example, in May, you may not be able to vote…but at least you have made the first steps to put your name on the electoral roll.
If you find difficulties, or are given awkward problems, please inform Bersih KL or me, and I will highlight your problem and alert Bersih in KL.
Hope that helps.
Your vote is important:
- TO have a say in how the country is run
- TO save the country from being run by criminals and bigots
- TO have a brighter future for you and your children.
If you do NOT register to vote, then:-
- Your vote may be used by someone else, perhaps an illegal foreigner
- That someone may vote for Najib and Umno-Baru
- In future, don’t complain, when things go wrong in Malaysia, because when you had the chance to do something, you could not even find the time to register to vote.
Remember… If you are Malaysian, it is your constitutional right to vote. Exercise that right and strengthen the democratic process in Malaysia.