Most of us recognise the importance of practicing our constitutional right to vote, yet there are still some who are too malas to cast their ballots.
Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan (Pontian-BN) proposed to make voting compulsory amongst all those eligible, and to penalise those who do not vote.
“Once every five years, and you still don’t go out to vote? Apa ke benda ni? It’s not like you have to vote once every month,” he said in Parliament today.
He pointed out that only 82.3 percent out of 14.9 million registered voters turned up to vote during 14th general election. Where were the other 2.7 million? “Tidur ke? (asleep)” asked the UMNO lawmaker.
“I suggest that those who don’t cast their ballots be imposed a fine of RM100 or RM200, or perhaps, bar them from renewing their driving licences.”
In commensuration with the Undi18 movement, the nation is expected to see 5 million new voters in the upcoming election.