Register and vote or don’t complain, says MCCBCHST

(The Malaysian Insider) – If you do not register and vote in the election, you have “no right” to complain about unfavourable government decisions, the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) said today.

The non-Muslim inter-faith body added a person’s failure to participate in the election was tantamount to saying he or she does not care about how the country is run.

“If you don’t care, what gives you the right to complain when something happens that you don’t like?” MCCBCHST president Daozhang Tan Hoe Chieow said today in a press conference.

He said in Election 2008, of the 15 million eligible voters in Malaysia, only eight million turned up to cast their voters. A total of 11 million were registered voters.

“Seven million (voters) were missing in action,” he said.

Tan said the council plans to embark on a nationwide voter registration drive on Sunday, December 11, at places of worship in 11 states and one Federal Territory.

“Just from the statistics, we know there are 4.384 million eligible voters who are not registered.

“We hope we can choose a government that is clean and transparent and people-centric, a government that can continue this prosperity, stability and harmony,” he said.

Tan denied the council’s registration drive was politically-driven, saying that as a non-governmental organisation it was duty-bound to ensure voters are registered.

“This is non-political. It is more about awareness,” he said.