It is provided by the law that all Malaysian students studying overseas are entitled to register as absentee voters. De Facto Law Minister Mohd Nazri has also confirmed that there is no distinction made between government sponsored students and non-government sponsored students. But the EC is still dragging their feet-even though the no.2 Dato Wan Ahmad had reportedly expressed his sympathy for the students who have thus far been denied their voting rights. There are close to 1mil of these overseas Malaysians by some estimates. So if some students who register now ie by Dec 24th, with the EC they expect to get registered by end of January. Failing this deadline they should be registered by the next quarter ie end of March. If they are not registered by then they have a case to bring the EC to court to reclaim their Constitutionally guaranteed voting rights. Some students campaigning for their voting rights in UK has planned to do exactly this, according to their organiser. So EC need to respond ASAP to avoid being sued for dereliction of its statutory duty towards the citizens!
Archive for December 22nd, 2010
Violet Yong the DAP Assemblyperson for Pending make some inquiries about the land grabs in Sarawak eg the Bako issue-but the inquiry was not recorded in th4 state assembly official record-the Hansard. But surely they can’t cover up the inquiry-so we reproduce her speech here. A note is: the Bako issue give the urban folks a taste of what interior folks have been suffering for decades. May be the urban folks will find a common ground to fight for relief with the interior folks?
Monday, November 8, 2010
Dewan Speech delivered on 4.11.2010 touching on CM’s family’s wealth and Sarawak Report
Attending DUN is always considered one of a vital duty for me as a people’s representative. This is the time when I would forward the grievances of the people to the Government. It has always been a challenge for us few in the Opposition to tell the unfair policies, point out the wrongs of the government and to ask for the people’s needs as we are the minority.