Thursday, February 21, 2008

Malaysian students overseas - you can vote

Original post from www.polytikus.com:

All Malaysian students who are registered to vote can participate in the coming general elections! The process is rather obscure because many don’t know it is possible. I found a website that gives you a step by step guide on how to get registered as a postal voter in United Kingdom. Watch and learn. And do it! :)

Thanks to Lay Chin for the info (which is taken directly from her website. Please contact her for more details!)

Elections (Registration of Electors) Regulation 2002 states the following is qualified to perform postal voting:

1. in the public service of the Government of Malaysia or of any State or in the service of any local authority or statutory authority exercising powers vested in it by Federal or State law, who is on duty outside the boundaries of Peninsular Malaysia or Sabah or Sarawak;
2. the spouse of a person in the public service of the Government of Malaysia or of any State or in the service of any local authority or statutory authority exercising powers vested in it by Federal or State law who is living with her or his husband or wife outside the boundaries of Peninsular Malaysia or Sabah or Sarawak at the date of application for registration as a Parliamentary or State elector,
3. engaged in full-time studies at any university, training college or any higher educational institution outside the boundaries of Peninsular Malaysia or Sabah or Sarawak; or
4. the spouse of a person engaged in full-time studies at any university, training college or any higher educational institution outside the boundaries of Peninsular Malaysia or Sabah or Sarawak who is living with her or his husband or wife at the date of application for registration asa Parliamentary or State elector.

If you fall under any of this categories you may apply through the Malaysia embassy located nearby. Upon completion of the form (Borang A),you can submit it back to the embassy or can mail it to EC HQ in Putrajaya. Thank you.

ANYWAY. Students.Okay, so now this is what you should do ASAP.

1) You should contact the Malaysian Students Department at 020-79851252 or go to http://www.masduke.com/.

2) Ask for them to send you Borang A.These are what they look like.
There is this lovely, polite woman named Suzana who should help you just fine with this, and she’ll answer any questions you might have.

2. Also, if you have any questions for the embassy itself, go to http://www.kln.gov.my/perwakilan/london or call 02072358033. The one to talk to is Mr Ravi Pillay (at least I think that’s the spelling)

3. For those who want to check your name on the electoral roll, go HERE. (My recent check left me in horror when I couldn’t find my name, then I realised I had been typing my student number quickly instead of my IC. Yesh, I am losing some brain cells)

Now. What am I doing about all this?

I am going to haul ass to the embassy at Belgrave Square on Friday to fill this all in, with my passport, right in front of them and all.

If there is anybody out there who knows how to register with the relevant authorities and get that Borang A in your respective countries, PLEASE EMAIL ME THE DETAILS and I will update the blog accordingly.

This is a link to ALL Malaysian embassies, high consulates and high commissions. Please contact them and get the details on how to be a postal voter.

This blogpost is continually updated here.

4 comments:

KahJoon said...

every malaysians students abroad, you see that? go check out if its authentic. if it is, then quickly go do it and cast your votes on 8th of march.

125z Rider said...

Are you sure that their votes will stay the same till they each to Malaysia SPR? I mena I dont know but besar kemungkinankan all change ready. I don't know weather this statment is true or not but cna anyone find any info about this issue and comment so that more of us will know what is really happening.

peiling said...

Hi, upon seeing this comment, I double checked with the source I got it from, who is a Malaysiakini journalist, asking her if the blogpost still stands. As of today, she said it isn't valid anymore.

KahJoon said...

it means overseas students cant vote lah..i knew it.

did u ask the malaysiakini journalist why?