BENTONG: Datuk Lau Hoi Keong says that his address – which shows that he stays in Pahang – is only reflected in the chip in his MyKad, which was not changed when he registered his new address last year.
Lau's nomination as a candidate for the Ketari state seat in Pahang was called into question by DAP candidates on Saturday (April 28) because they believed his address on his MyKad was not in the state.
"It is recorded in the chip of my MyKad," he said, adding that he did not get a new IC because the existing one was still in good condition.
Lau, who is with Barisan Nasional component party Gerakan, added that he would cast his vote in a polling station in Bukit Tinggi on May 9.
"This is not an issue at all. I will be voting here as per the latest electoral roll," he said at the Sri Maha Mariamman Kovil temple here on Saturday night.
At the nomination centre here on Saturday morning, DAP candidates challenged Lau to show his MyKad to prove that he had a local address.
Election Commission guidelines states that a person must be a resident of the state if he wishes to stand in a state seat.
When Lau ignored their demand, a commotion ensued, with the DAP candidates and supporters crying foul over Lau's eligibility.
The returning officer eventually announced Lau as a candidate, drawing further protests.
Pakatan candidates then crossed their arms to form an "X" when they were called onto the stage and introduced as candidates as a sign of protest.
They also held a copy of the guideline and their own MyKads in their hands.
According to information available on the National Registration Department website, updating the address without changing the MyKad is possible, at a reduced fee of RM2.
A change of address requiring the issuance of a new MyKad costs RM10.