This is the result of the Exit polls of the overseas postal vote! Majority want to UBAH! What about you?
Thursday, 2 May 2013
Malaysians Overseas – Right to Vote Perth – PR: 77.3%, BN: 3.7%, Did not disclose: 19.0%.
Sample size c. 270
[GE13: LONDON] “I voted. Now it’s your turn!”
READ ABOUT THE YOUNG MAN FROM CAMBRIDGE WHO GOT TO VOTE BECAUSE HE INSISTED GENTLY BUT FIRMLY THAT HIS NAME IS ON THE LIST!
“Where did you come from?” asked the lady, in a voice so meek, trying to diffuse the tension.
A slight pause followed. She turned to the man in the suit and said, “He’s from Cambridge.” And then turned to me and said, “You have a seat first, we will have a look.”
Did the name-dropping of my university put me back into the more respectable position I am used to? I didn’t care. I just wanted to vote.
COMMENT “It’s not on the list,” said the lady in the pink floral scarf.
“What do you mean?” I firmly asked, trying my hardest to suppress the imminent trembling in my voice.
“Your name – it isn’t on the list,” she said monotonically, pushing her bifocals along the bridge of her nose.
My heart sank, fears were realised. I didn’t just wait for over a year since registering to vote in that very same office and then take the 7.32am train to London, to be turned away from being a first-time voter.
I swiftly whipped out my iPhone, tapped on the fully bloomed sunflower icon that is my photo album to look for the screenshot of my voter status from the Election Commission’s website.
There it was – ‘Julian Tan Lip Yi – Registered (absentee voter), Voting method: Post. I pinched the screen of my iPhone to enlarge the view of this certainty and handed my phone over to the lady.
She had a quick glance and then flipped through the booklet of papers in the folder that contained “all” registered voters in the UK – the corners of the pages now slowly forming dog-ears from the repeated inspection.
“Tan Ying Hong… Tan Chiu Yeng… Nope, no Julian Tan Lip Yi.”
At this moment, the man next to her looked up at me and began quizzing me about the details of my registration – where did I do it, when did I do it, where is my constituency.
“I did it here in this very office early last year. Kelana Jaya.” I replied, beginning to be annoyed.
“I’m sorry your name is not on the record.”
“But I am registered to vote! Look at this!” I said pointing to the screen of my iPhone.
A tall man from the corner of the room, well dressed in a smart navy blue suit emerged and told the lady who was tending to me, “If his name is not on the list. Escort him out. We do not have time for issues like this.”
Issues like this? What did he mean? Is the issue of a registered individual being unable to vote because of a fault in your system not important enough to you? I am Malaysian. I have registered. And I have a right to cast my vote.
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 16:37
Hundreds of overseas voters in UK vote by mail at own expenses
LONDON – With too many voters and too little election officials, hundreds of Malaysian voters lived in the UK were not able to vote on April 28. They were forced to bring home the ballot papers and mail back their votes to a specified office or family member in Malaysia, so that their votes can be put into the ballot boxes on May 5!
There were about 1,200 Malaysian registered as overseas voters in the UK, excluded the “Pengundi tidak hadir”. They started to enter the Malaysian High Commission in London at 9am on April 28. Although the voting time was until 8pm, they were unable to allow all Malaysians to vote.
During an interview with Sin Chew Daily, student studying in Portsmouth, Chen Liang Cai, from Penang, said that as there were only three or four election officials, the voting progress was very slow and everyone had to wait for a very long time in the low temperature of 10° C.
“Only 10 people were allowed to enter for each round and it is estimated that only 60 to 80 people were able to vote every hour,” he said.
He added that as of 5.30pm, the number being summoned was 470 while the number issued had been more than a thousand. Due to the huge crowd, the officials announced after discussion that voters were encouraged to get and bring back a sealed envelope with a ballot paper inside and mail back their votes at own expenses to a specified office or family member in Malaysia, so that their votes could be put into the ballot boxes on May 5.
“The officials believed that this can speed up the efficiency and reduce the number of people at the High Commission,” he said.
He also praised the officials for carrying good attitude, as well as being friendly and courteous.
Some people were forced to look for an accommodation to stay a night in London after missing the train to return to the places that they were staying.
It was the first time that non-civil servants Malaysians staying overseas are allowed to vote and queuing voters could be seen outside the Malaysian High Commission in London since early in the morning. Malaysians of the three major racial groups were among the queue and most of them were Chinese students.
Some people rushed to London from Edinburgh, Scotland while some from Nottingham, Portsmouth and Cardiff to cast their votes.
-Sin Chew Daily
Postal votes from Melbourne on its way to EC headquarters
MELBOURNE, April 29 – Two diplomatic bags containing postal votes of Malaysians who cast their ballots here yesterday are on their way to the Election Commission headquarters in Putrajaya.
They were despatched from the Malaysian Consulate at noon today after they were secured and sealed under the supervision of the Consul-General, Dr Mohd Rameez Yahaya.
Rameez declined to reveal the exact number of Malaysians who had voted but it is believed that more than 80 per cent of the more than 1,000 postal voters had exercised their electoral rights at the consulate in St Kilda Road here.
Rameez said the voting proceeded smoothly without any hitches.
Malaysians the world over made electoral history yesterday as a huge swathe took part for the first time ever as overseas voters in the 13th general election, coinciding with the first anniversary of Bersih 3.0.
Spanning several timezones and cities, thousands of Malaysians cast their ballots as postal voters. About 1,700 in Australia were among the first to do so as voting stations coped with an unexpectedly high voter turnout.
According to reports collected by Global Bersih throughout the day, Melbourne led the rally with about 1,000 voters, while Canberra had 385 and Perth saw 315.
There were several hundred across European cities such as London, Paris, Berne and even Prague, while in the three polling centres set up in Malaysian missions in the US, Washington DC, New York and Los Angeles, similar numbers turned up to cast their ballots, with some having travelled hours in cars and by air from other parts of that country. Reports of good turnouts have also been received from Malaysians in Dubai, Wellington, Shanghai and Tokyo.
In Kuala Lumpur on the same day, Bersih co-chair Ambiga Sreenevasan kept jubilation in check as she recognised the wonderful coincidence of electoral history with the Bersih anniversary.
“What a journey it’s been,” she told the crowd that had gathered for the launch of Bersih: The Voices of Rhyme & Reason, a book commemorating April 28, 2012.
The journey was forced upon Malaysians because, for years, the Election Commission (EC) had discriminated against many Malaysians abroad, only allowing the postal vote to military personnel, public servants and students. Most recently the EC stood for months in contempt of Parliament, which had directed it to act with haste to open up the postal vote.
In Melbourne, they turned up as early as 8am to cast their votes at the consulate on St Kilda Road. They had flown in from Brisbane, Hobart and Adelaide, which would have cost more than RM1,000 in airfares. Hundreds of voters drove from Sydney before dawn to cast their votes at the High Commission in Canberra.
JomBalikUndi (JBU), the ‘fly home to vote’ social media campaign that started after Bersih 3.0, has also received overwhelming response, each week reaching close to 400,000 people on Facebook, 12,000 of whom share JBU posts.
Nevertheless, all is not as good as it was cranked up to be. Turnout has been low in some cities, and there are a high number of uncollected ballots.
Yong and other GB movers who have descended on KL for GE13 are watching the numbers as they come in from Shanghai to Dubai. They are hopeful the surprisingly high number of uncollected ballots comes down to distrust of the 11th hour postal vote the EC bestowed on Malaysia.
Perhaps, they quietly hope, Malaysians are choosing to collect the ballots later and take responsibility for sending them back to individual constituencies, via courier, returnees, family in Malaysia, or some combination thereof.
As Yong says: “Malaysians around the world have stood up to be counted. Those who have travelled and queued for hours, and those who will be flying and driving back to Malaysia to vote, have demonstrated that they still belong to Malaysia and care for her future.”
The writers have returned to Malaysia from overseas to vote in GE13.
Three hundred and forty-four people or 70.49 percent of the total 488 Malaysian postal voters in mainland China had cast their ballots by 6pm yesterday, according to Malaysian ambassador to China Iskandar Sarudin.
China recorded the third highest number of postal voters after the United Kingdom and Australia.
On another development, a spokesman of the Malaysian Embassy in Beijing said voters could still collect their priority envelope at the embassy from April 29 to May 5, from 9am to 5pm during working hours (except on Labour Day which falls on May 1).
But they needed to ensure the envelope arrived at the Election Commission (EC) office in their constituencies before 5pm on May 5, he said.
Monday, 29 April 2013
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Sunday, 28 April 2013
Postal voters from Belgium. — at Malaysia Embassy Brussels.
Geneva, Switzerland. Expected 60 postal voters today. More voting in Berne, Switzerland.
Postal voting underway in London. Polling is very organized but painfully slow.
3.11pm – Taipei: The mystery of the eight missing voters in the Taiwan roll is solved, reports Malaysiakini’s volunteer in Taipei. The root of the problem, the EC officers discover, is they had missed out a page when printing out the roll.
The names of all the eight voters involved are on the missing page. With the matter resolved, voters are scrambling to head back to the centre to cast their ballots.
2pm – Taipei, Taiwan: There are now eight first time voters who find their names missing from the roll.
After receiving their complaints, the official in charge has contacted Malaysian Election Commision (EC), which is checking the matter. The EC doesn’t rule out the ballots may have been mistakenly posted to another location, and these voters may have go back to Malaysia to vote on May 5.
MALAYSIANS VOTE IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA!
Undi 428 Perth
1. Voters do not know how many votes (parliament only or plus state) they had to cast2. Several ballot papers were found with marks on them. There is no replacement provided. All the voter could do is continue voting (their ballot may end up being a void vote) and file a complaint with EC.3. A few voters cannot find their ballot paper, one had his Parliament ballot but not the state one.We also had a voter who flew in all the way from Adelaide and another from Sydney.——–
April 28, 2013
34pc of postal voters have cast ballots in Beijing so far
BEIJING, April 28 — Sixty-one voters who made up about 34 per cent of 177 Malaysians voters residing in Beijing have cast their votes via post at the Malaysian embassy here as of 11am today.
The postal voters comprising 55 absentee voters and 122 Malaysians residing abroad and Election Commission (EC) workers will exercise their right to vote today.
Malaysian ambassador to China Datuk Iskandar Sarudin was here at 11am to cast his votes for the Rembau parliamentary and Rantau state constituencies.
He encouraged eligible voters to participate in the 13th General Election.
Malaysians living abroad were allowed to cast their ballots for the first time in the GE13. Polling is on May 5.
Besides the Malaysian embassy here, Malaysians residing in China can also cast their votes through postal ballots at the Malaysian consulates-general in Shanghai, Kunming, Guangzhou and Hong Kong between 9am and 6pm today.
Those residing in Taiwan can cast their votes at the Malaysian Friendship and Trade Centre, Taipei. — Bernama
432 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
It is a cold Sunday morning, the clock barely passes ten o’clock.
Right in front of 432 St Kilda Road, 200 Malaysians stand in two lines, waiting to cast their first postal vote as Malaysian citizens living in Australia. Most of them are holding paper documents or online proofs on their mobile devices to identify themselves as absentee voters.
Past our camera crew, an elderly lady sits on the curb, holding a Malaysian passport. Another young lady stands next to her making calls to her friends, urging them to come quickly because the queue is building up.
“It was a straightforward process but it does take quite a bit of time. But otherwise they [the Malaysia’s Consulate staffs] seem to know what they are doing,” says Danny Chan who is standing next to the young lady.
Go to the link for more
Bersih 2.0 New Zealand shared Tee Seang Tan‘s video.
Thank you to all Malaysians who are outside the embassy to explain the voting procedures to every single voter.
Bersih Hong Kong’s volunteers were out to help us understand the voting process – complete with charts and printouts.
PERTH: PHOTOS OF VOTERS…
Melbourne has the largest number of Malaysians in the country and they turned up by the hundreds for this historic event to exercise their constitutional right that has been denied them for far too long. According to the EC, more than 1,000 registered to vote at the Consulate General of Malaysia on St Kilda Road.
Malaysians in Melbourne vote
MELBOURNE, April 28— Confusion and anger marked the start of the much-anticipated postal voting at the Consulate General of Malaysia in Melbourne today.
Voters who did not have a printout confirming their eligibility from the Election Commission (EC) were initially prevented from entering the building by security guards, who refused to accept Malaysian identity cards or passports.
Those affected who had smartphones/iPads with them went to the EC website to show their status to the guards and only then were they able to get in.
Word quickly spread through the crowd about the unexpected problem, and in admirable community spirit, voters shared their smartphones/iPads with those without to ensure all were able to enter the consulate.
After much protest and effort to contact consulate officials, the guards relented and allowed those with ICs/passports in.
K.C. Goh, a project manager here, said he was shocked by this requirement as neither he nor his friends had received any notification about this from the EC.
“Registering to vote has also been difficult and many missed out on voting. I know at least two people who were turned away by the consulate and told to go home to vote,” said Goh from Subang Jaya.
Bersih 2.0 Adelaide
Just a couple of reminders for tomorrow: Bring a drawing pad/cardboard to write your personal message of support for Msians in KL. It can be as simple as “ADELAIDE” or “I ♥ Msia” etc. It can be as passionate as
“KAMI MAU KEDUA2 KETUA SPR BERUNDUR! BERSIHKAN EC”
You may even design your own sign and bring it along. There will be photographers to capture it all.Come in yellow! If you haven’t got a T-shirt, wear a cap, a scarf, bring BALLOONS anything, but what is more important than colours: bring yourself.Bring an umbrella with you in case it gets a little drippy.See you tomorrow!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Malaysians in Adelaide, join us once again as we show solidarity for our fellow Malaysians who will bravely “duduk bantah” in Dataran Merdeka, KL.We join them in protest because:> unlike us, they face down the unrepealed Internal Security Act.> we demand the fundamental right to vote as overseas citizens of Malaysia. The Election Commission must resign, as it has failed in its responsibility and has lost the confidence of the public.> we demand that the electoral process and democratic institutions be reformed in the 8 ways put forward by the Bersih Coalition of NGOs. The electoral process must be cleaned before the 13th General Elections.> we demand that international observers be present to observe the 13th General Elections.Prove to the nay-sayers that overseas Malaysians still give a damn about what happens to our country and her people.
Bring your friends, family and overseas supporters for democratic reform!Make Victoria Square yellow!