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No postal voting for Malaysians living in Singapore

Published on Jan 21, 2013 10:22 PM
 
A protestor waves flag during a grand gathering at the historical Merdeka Stadium (Independence Stadium) during a rally for electorial reforms in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 12, 2013. Tens of thousands of Malaysians living in Singapore will have to travel home if they want to vote in the next election. -- PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR - Tens of thousands of Malaysians living in Singapore will have to travel home if they want to vote in the next election. This is because they will be excluded from the new postal voting system for voters residing abroad.

The Election Commission (EC) on Monday said Malaysians living in southern Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and Kalimantan will not be able to vote by post in the next election to be held by June.

The EC, which earlier guaranteed all Malaysians living abroad the right to postal voting, did not give a reason for the U-turn.

About 400,000 of some one million Malaysians overseas are in Singapore, according to the World Bank.

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