Thursday, January 24, 2013

Of 125 oversea voters only...

125? Is that all? Where are those people who screamed their lungs out for the right to vote overseas? If 125 is the total number of oversea voters, ask ourselves - is it worth it?

One of BERSIH's key demands is for reform in postal voting including the rights for oversea voters to vote. History has recorded recorded that there were a total of 3 BERSIH rallies held in Kuala Lumpur. It depends on which figures you want to believe, ranging from 10,000 to 250,000 who gathered in Kuala Lumpur to face off the red-helmeted FRUs', chemical-laced water canons, disruptive LRT services demanding the government to listen to their key demands.
Now that EC has relented to BERSIH's demands and open their overseas embassies as well as consulates to register oversea voters, and all the numbers that register thus far is 125. Is it worth it?

All EC ask is for three conditions to be met before a Malaysian can be registered as a postal voter. They are :-

  1. Applicant must be a registered voter 
  2. The applicants have been in Malaysia or  returned to Malaysia for not less than 30 days within the last 5 years;
  3. Not applicable to those staying in Southern Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and Kalimantan;
Now tell me, is the conditions fair? Will there be anymore last-minute appeal to vote? Or will it be another diehard Malaysian culture to do things at the last minute and blame it on EC when these potential oversea voters failed to register because of things on their own doings? . Now that the chance is there, only 125 registered to be oversea voters. Where are the rest? 

If these Malaysian oversea voters failed to register themselves, then stop blaming others for their failures to get themselves registered. Time is of essence, what else do they want? Or is it another habit to petition and sue EC because of their own failure and lacksidal attitude?

For these oversea voters, please don't let those who brave the heat, FRUs, chemical-laced water down by failing to register as voters. We have done our part, when are you going to do yours

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...