Cops to record statements of 11 over Undi18 demonstration outside Parliament


KUALA LUMPUR: The police will record the statements of 11 individuals over the Undi18 demonstration outside the Parliament building last Saturday (March 27).

Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Mohamad Zainal Abdullah said they would record the statements from these individuals on Tuesday (March 30).

"They are expected to have their statements recorded at the Dang Wangi police headquarters," he said when contacted on Monday (March 29).

It was learned that a majority of those being called to have their statements taken were from the Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda), DAP, Parti Amanah Negara and Parti Sosialis Malaysia.

On Saturday, a group of youths dressed in black and white gathered peacefully in front of the Parliament building to push for the implementation of Undi18.

Dubbed "Himpunan Tuntut Undi18" (Gathering to push for Undi18), the youths gathered at the nearby Padang Merbok before marching to the Parliament gate, holding placards and shouting slogans, led by youth leaders from the Undi18 movement.

Police personnel were monitoring the situation and the protesters dispersed after an hour.

On March 25, Election Commission (EC) chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh said that the automatic voter registration (AVR) and the lowering of the voting age to 18 could only be realised by Sept 1,2022 at the earliest as EC was facing constraints such as the movement control order.

He explained that the nationwide MCO to curb Covid-19 had affected the EC's plans and preparations to achieve it.

This has since raised much dissatisfaction from many quarters, including federal ministers.

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