PETALING JAYA: After submitting a memorandum to the Prime Minister’s Department, MCA has launched an online petition to pressure the Electoral Commission (EC) to speed up the implementation of Undi18.
The petition was registered on change.org by MCA and it was launched at Wisma MCA on Thursday (April 8) morning by party spokesperson Mike Chong Yew Chuan.
Chong said the online petition came after MCA Youth submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission and the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Law) Datuk Seri Takiyuddin Hassan on April 1, urging for amendments to lower the voting age to 18 to be implemented.
“MCA will launch an online petition to put pressure on the EC to fulfil their promise to implement Undi18, ” he said to reporters during a press conference at Wisma MCA.
At the same time, Chong said the Covid-19 pandemic and the movement control order are not reasons to postpone the implementation of Undi18, adding that it received unanimous support from MPs in Parliament in July 2019.
“Therefore, the EC should resolve any issues that hinder the implementation of this motion instead of looking for excuses to evade responsibility.”
Chong said Undi18 received bipartisan support in Parliament because every MP believed that the voices of the young should not be blocked, adding a failure to implement this amendment is an insult to the Parliament and isn’t in line with democratic principles.
Chong urged the EC to put full efforts in ensuring the implementation of Undi18 and automatic voter registration, otherwise, it could undermine the government’s image.
“This is a situation where the EC cannot evade carrying out its responsibilities, ” he added.
Recently, the EC had said that Undi18 and the automatic voter registration can only be realised by Sept 1,2022, at earliest, as the EC was facing constraints brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Calls to speed up the implementation of Constitution (Amendment) Bill 2019 on the 18-year-old voting age has been gaining momentum from both sides of the political divide, as well as civil society organisations.
Based on records by the EC, its chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh said the number of Malaysians aged 18 and above is 5.6 million, of which 1.2 million are aged between 18 and 20.
There are also 4.4 million individuals aged 21 and above who are eligible to vote but are yet to be registered as voters.
The petition can be accessed at https://www.change.org/p/suruhanjaya-pilihan-raya-malaysia-spr-segerakan-undi18?utm_content=cl_sharecopy_28252275_en-GB%3A8&recruiter=1191544247&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition&utm_term=tap_basic_share