According to the Election commission Chairman the EC’s voters records are synchronised with the National Registration Department (JPN) through a inter-agency network. If it were true then there should not be discrepancies between the 2 agencies such that voters found in EC’s records cannot be found in JPN’s database. Earlier than that the EC replied to queries that the EC receive updated data from JPN on a quarterly basis-as though there can be no gap to allow discrepancies of information about the citizens. Yet discrepancies abound. So when the Home Minister Hishamuddin said that the 2 agencies are sitting down to synchronise their data base it is questionable if really they can settle their different operations! In fact the simple question is: why need 2 databses in the first place? if voter registration is automatic then there is no need to waste time, personnel and energies to repeat a 2nd database for voters which give rise to various instances of discrepancies!
The Home Minister had set a 2 year deadline to settle all outstanding citizens registration in Sarawak about 2 years ago. The deadline is about to be due by the end of this year ie another 3 months to go only. Where is the result from this exercise where 5 mobile units are involved? The claim by Home Minister that most Penans in Belaga had been given ID has not been backed up by any official figures of registration. Why? Is it because the results had been unsatisfactory? 2ndly what is the actual figure of unregistered citizens at this moment. Official figures since 2 years back varied from 30k to 66k and then 10K. No one can be sure of the real situation. The credibility of the JPN is undermined by such a cluelessness.
Could the situation be intended to facilitate infiltration of illegal citizens cum voters? The Sabah case should be investigated by the proposed PSC on electoral reform-yet no Minister has yet to support the proposal voiced by Sabahans. In view of the negative view of the PM that the PSC cannot stop him to call 13th GE anytime he sees fit the Opposition has set next Wed as their deadline to decide whether to participate in the PSC. Who is really responsible for the lack of reform in these important areas of national policies?
The view by the Home Minister that only young MPs will participate in the PSC add further doubt to the government’s sincerity to pursue electoral reforms, after the government all claim that the PSC was set up not to reform identified electoral mal-administrations in the current system. If there was no problems recognised what is the PSC for???