From the Edge’s report:
In an immediate response to Nazri’s statement, Kedah Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang disagreed with Nazri, saying that an automatic voter registration did not equate to forcing Malaysians to vote.
“With due respect to our minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, the proposal for automatic voters registration would not force any Malaysians to vote.
“There is no sensible requirement to force all Malaysians to vote under such an automatic voter registration system. Even the current manual voter registration system does not force those who had registered as voters to vote,” he said in a statement.
On the contrary, Tan said it would be an ideal system that would give all Malaysians an “option to vote” and that the current system restricted voters to only those who had registered with the EC.
He said as was previously announced by the EC, there were some 28% or 4.39 million Malaysians over the age of 21 years old who had yet to register as voters as at the end of last year.
Tan also said the current manual voters’ registration system by EC was a costly exercise and a waste of tax payers’ money.
He added that “democracy should be practised from the voice of all Malaysians and not only those who had registered with the EC”.
“As in my previous proposal to the government, I would hope that the government would reconsider allowing “automatic registration for Malaysians who attain 21 years old” and the default constituency should be based on the last known address given by the national registration department unless it is updated by the voters within one year before the election date,” he said.