Klang residents shocked to find names registered as Kamunting voters
Among them is a 25-year-old who said he has never signed up as a voter.
Klang MP Charles Santiago (middle) with residents who say they now have to travel 300km to vote in Kamunting on May 9.
KLANG: Several voters in Klang, Selangor, are shocked to find their names listed as voters in Kamunting, Perak â" some 300km away from where they live.
Cheong Chee Woh and his wife Loo Sook Whai, both 68, are upset that they would not be able to cast their ballots on May 9.
âWe wonât be making the trip to Kamunting. Weâre very disappointed that we canât vote,â said Loo, who has been voting without fail in the last five general elections.
At a press conference today, DAPâs Charles Santiago also highlighted the plight of eight others, including one wh o has never registered as a voter.
Kamunting is a state seat under the Taiping parliamentary constituency. The incumben is BNâs Mohammad Zahir Abdul Khalid who defeated PASâ Mohamad Fakhrudin Abdul Aziz in the last general election.
Banker T Sargunan said he had registered as a voter last year using his identity card which had his Klang address.
He said he had replace his MyKad after losing it.
âEven though the address in my MyKad shows Klang, I discovered that according to the microchip, I live in some place called Medan Saujana in Kamunting. I have never been to Kamunting. Suddenly Iâm a voter there.â
Eugene Oliver, 25, is shocked to find himself a voter in Kamunting as he had never registered to be one before.
âSomething just isnât right. How can someone who never registered to be a voter suddenly become one?â asked Santiago.
He said a similar complaint was received from a Malaysian student in Russia, who said he never registered as a voter.
Santiago said under the Election Act, the gazetted electoral roll could not be amended untill the next roll is released.
âIâm not asking the EC to make changes. I just want them to show me proof that those affected asked to be transferred or registered as voters in Kamunting,â he said.
Santiago said if EC could not furnish proof of transfer requests and registration, he would take the commission to court.
FMTâs attempts to reach EC chairman Mohd Hashim Abdullah were unsuccessful.
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