According to TMR, Undi18 which allows Malaysians aged 18 to 20 to vote and new voters to be automatically registered, will only be implemented in September 2022. Hence, youths in the age group will not be eligible to vote in the next general election (GE15).
Despite several MPs agreeing that 18-year-olds can vote, the Election Commission (EC) cited last year’s Movement Control Order (MCO) as the reason for this delay.
Its chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh said the commission wants to be realistic and ensure the system is well-prepared before enforcing Undi18. He said the MCO, which came into force in March 2020, has halted EC’s planning for both agendas, which were scheduled to be implemented this July.
“The automatic voter registration and Undi 18 are expected to be implemented after 1 Sept 2022, after we re-evaluate various constraints and issues that affect the planning and initial preparations of the EC,” Abdul Ghani said in a statement yesterday (24 March).
Since the announcement, it has angered a lot of Malaysians especially the youth. NGO Undi18 and the political party MUDA even said that they were planning legal action against the government over the delay.
We will be filing a court challenge against the government’s failure to bring into force the Constitutional amendment which gives the right to 18 y/os to vote. We will do so on 2 April 2021. #Undi18 pic.twitter.com/j1ztnhhKfA
— #Undi18 #ManaUndiKami (@UNDI18MY) March 26, 2021
MUDA ingin mengumumkan bahawa kami sedang menguruskan usaha untuk memfailkan kes di mahkamah dengan secepat mungkin berkaitan penangguhan perlaksanaan #UNDI18. Alasan yang dikemukakan tidak masuk akal dan seolah-olah memperbodohkan rakyat Malaysia.
— Parti MUDA (@partimuda) March 25, 2021
Many Malaysians felt betrayed as they felt that the explanation didn’t make sense given that they had over a year to plan and implement what was initially promised.
In fact, former Youth and Sports Minister, Syed Saddiq, called out Perikatan Nasional in a tweet for not keeping their promise.
Following the tweet above, the hashtags #PNipu (PN liars), PNakut (PN is scared) and PNgecut (PN are cowards) is trending across social media platforms. Take a look:
— Shahrizal Denci 🇲🇾 (@DenciShahrizal) March 25, 2021
Why I’m not surprise with these boomers???
They are unreliable
They don’t mean what they say
They don’t deliver promises#PNipu
18 will soon be 30s 40s and more… Remember these boomers and associates for years ahead.
Youngsters, learn from this. https://t.co/59Uqi4gcWY
— S.M (@erychasue) March 26, 2021
Look at the SPR actively putting down the importance of the Malaysian youth.
1.2 million is 3.67% of the population. That percentage goes up when you only count adults. What they’re essentially saying is that your voice doesn’t matter, no matter how many.#PNipu https://t.co/GWiHbNLDYg pic.twitter.com/sNtHgT7NSa
— #MANAUNDIKAMI (@jigleepaff) March 25, 2021
Jelas kerajaan hari ini memang kerajaan pembohong.
Lepas tipu bab laptop, bantuan itu dan ini yang tak muncul-muncul, sekarang nak rampas hak orang muda umur 18 tahun ke atas untuk mengundi.
— amirx abd hadi (@amirxabdhadi) March 26, 2021