PETALING JAYA: MCA man Ti Lian Ker should read the Constitution again and educate himself on voters’ rights, said Maria Chin.
Maria was commenting on the MCA spokesman’s tirade yesterday against an online initiative offering cash incentives to Malaysians, who fall in the category of Gen Y, to register as voters.
“It will not be wise to increase the number of voters who are not interested or ignorant in politics,” Ti had said.
Maria slammed Ti for his assumption that voters were ignorant.
“Who are you to tell me that I’m ignorant? Voting in itself is already a political action,” Maria told FMT.
“As a MCA person, he should go read the Constitution again. I am shocked that the MCA would say such a thing. It shows that they do not understand the Federal Constitution.”
However, Maria cautioned that she did not approve of offering cash to voters.
PKR-linked NGO Invoke is organising an online competition offering those who register to vote the chance to win cash incentives.
Those who want to enter the #UntungDaftar competition have to upload their voter registration slip and tell Invoke why they chose to register.
Those with the best answers every week will win a top prize of RM1,000, two runner-up prizes of RM500 each and three consolation prizes of RM200 each.
“I have a different view of that. We cannot approve of such things. However, that does not mean that we should not register,” Maria said.
She welcomed automatic registration, something that Ti had said would increase the pool of “ignorant, lackadaisical and irresponsible” voters.
“Every Malaysian should have the right to vote when they reach 21 years old. This is part of the democratic governance that we’re fighting for — that every citizen should decide who their representative is.
“These political parties and figures have forgotten that we voted them into power,” Maria said.
The automatic voter registration proposal was put forward by electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 several years ago but was rejected by the government.
Since then, however, several groups have come out in support of it, including opposition party PKR and Malay supremacy group Perkasa.