Posters, banners a thing of elections past if reform suggestions accepted

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 15 Aug 2019

IPOH: Posters and banners of candidates could be a thing of the past if the government accepts a suggestion by the Electoral Reform Committee, says Tan Sri Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman.

The Committee's head said that it is time to do away with such costly items, adding that such campaign tactics were not seen in developed countries.

“They probably just have one or two billboards with words such as ‘vote for John’, ‘vote for Mary’ or ‘vote for Johnny’. But in Malaysia, there are posters and banners in every nook and cranny come elections, ” he said.

Abdul Rashid added that it was not necessary to overdo things.

He added that the committee would also make suggestions to the government to formulate articles pertaining to democracy, individual rights, and voting powers and rights in civics courses.

Speaking to reporters at the Mentri Besar’s old residence on Thursday (Aug 15) after engaging with stakeholders in Perak to get suggestions from them on the possible reforms, Abdul Rashid said that such education should take place from an early age.

“It should not be taught just when someone is 18, or while they are in university, because that might be too late.

“In Australia, lessons on voting powers and democracy are taught very early in school. When the students turn 18, they become responsible voters, ” he said.

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