SPR is again under fire because it was proven to be lopsided and functions like the 15th component parties of the BN ruling coalition in the recent Ijok “buy-election”. Its chairman Tan Sri Rashid openly said that there was nothing improper for any minister to approve allocation of funds or misuse government machinery during the campaign.
Apart from carrying out the much needed electoral reforms, SPR must also improve its mechanism for voters registration.
On one hand, the SPR discloses that some 5 million people (4 million Malays and 1 million Non-Malays) have yet to register as voters; but on the other hand, SPR does not make any effort to make it easy for those who are eligible to register.
SPR has entrusted the post offices all over the country to help register voters. But not every town/ village has a post office, and not every post office is equipped with online facilities. And there is no special counter alloted to help in registration.
And SPR these days do not advertise in TV and radio stations to remind people to register as voters. They behave as if they were not interested in getting more people to register as voters.
Many countries have started to allow people to register online. Some even adopted automatic registration. Why can’t SPR do the same since every citizen holds a Mykad issued by the National Registration Department.
Lat year, SPR finally allows party representatives to help out as registration agent. But I received complaints that the Selangor SPR office recently do not provide enough registration forms for our registration agents. This is not acceptable.
This morning, we went to Port Klang to launch a voter registration exercise in conjunction with the annual Hindu Chitri Pournami Festival. The festival attracted thousands of devotees from Port Klang, Pandamaran and other parts of Selangor. Our Port Klang branch chairman Selvadurai (Aboo) helped to set up the registration desk. He is also the founding chairman of the local influential Kelab Sukan Depoh. His club is one of main sponsors of the annual festival for the past 29 years.
We urge all citizens who attain the age of 21 to register as voters and remember to vote for DAP. They can go to the nearest post offices to do it during office hours. Transfer of voting venue could also be done at the post offices.