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Parliament: Govt agreeable to automatic registration of voters, says PM

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government is agreeable to the idea of automatic registration of voters upon reaching 21.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak however said any decision must be based on its practicality and whether it could be enforced in terms of the law.

However, he said the proposal to make voting compulsory was not practical and enforced fairly.

“But the idea of automatic registration can be considered although no decision has been made on it,” he told Datuk Dr Ahmad Latiff (BN- Mersing) during Question Time.

Dr Ahmad asked in a supplementary question if the Government would introduced compulsory voting or automatic registration for all Malaysians above 21 following positive response in the turn out in the GE13.

Najib said the government would not act against those who abused the word “rakyat” to express their dissatisfaction of the general election results.

“Ironically, those who had voiced out alleged irregularities during the general election, had accepted the decision in constituencies and states that they won.

“However, if their action contravenes the laws and the Federal Constitution, the government will not hesitate to take action to ensure that the country remain prosperous and respected,” he said.

He urged all MPs to work together and accept the poll’s result.

“The same electoral process is used at national and state levels.

“The Opposition cannot go on making baseless accusations and if you have any evidence, we will settle it in the courts,” he said.

On whether the Government will charged DAP founding member Dr Chen Man Hin for allegedly conspiring to create public disorder in mentioning the word ‘Malaysian Spring’, Najib told Karpal Singh (DAP-Bukit Gelugor), that it was up to the Attorney-General’s Chambers to take action against Chen.


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