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Rafizi way off the mark about voter registration

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

IF PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli is to be believed, some hidden hands are trying to make things difficult for first-time voters to register.

Though no names have been mentioned, this accusation implicitly point to the Barisan Nasional-led feeral government.

But is it truly difficult for Malaysians to register as voters because of what Rafizi claims to be slow online access and the lack of forms.

He said so on Thursday when he tried to justify the rationale of a weekly lucky draw cash hand-out initiative that he co-organised with a PKR-linked non-governmental organisation called Invoke.

Rafizi insisted that it was through such an initiative, done last week, that he finally knew what first-time voters had to go through when they were registering as voters.

It was also reported that Rafizi had spent RM300,000 of his money to assist Invoke’s initiative.

The Mole went to a post office in Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, to experience the registeration process.

True there was no form placed on the counters but simply because you do not need to fill in any!

The only official document needed to register is a MyKad (Malaysian identity card).

“Forms? What era are you from? Everything is electronically done,” chuckles postal worker Nor Ashikin Zakaria.

“I don’t know what has been going viral in the social media but you probably should not put too much thought on it.

“As far as I can remember, it’s already been a while since voter registration was done manually. The information needed to fill in the forms is already stored in your MyKad,” explained Nor Ashikin.

Three minutes after the explanation, Nor Ashikin handed a yellow carbon-copy voter registration form that had been electronically filled in.

“Keep it. This form proves that you have been registered as voter,” she said.

It is as good as anybody’s guess as to why Rafizi said be talking about the lack of forms as one of the problems faced by first-time voters during registration.

The Mole’s experiment showed that the only downside was the long waiting time. But that’s what you get when you go to the post office during peak hours…….

The yellow slip carbon-copy of the electronically filled in voters registration form.




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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at