Malaysia’s 14th General Election dates as announcement by Election Commission are:
Nomination Day – 28 April
Early Polling Date – 5 May
Polling Day – 9 May
While many are bewildered as to why the polling day falls on a weekday (Wednesday) which would make it terribly inconvenient for outstation of overseas voters to return to vote.
Fortunately, companies are required by law to facilitate their employees to exercise their right to vote:
Section 25, Election Offenses Act 1954:
25. (1) Every employer shall, on polling day, allow to every elector in his employ a reasonable period for voting, and no employer shall make any deduction from the pay or other remuneration of any such elector or impose upon or exact from him any penalty by reason of his absence during such period.
(2) This section shall extend to employees of the successor company as defined in section 2 of the Railways (Successor Company) Act 1991 [Act 464] and the Sabah Railway except such as are actually engaged in the running of trains and to whom such time cannot be allowed without interfering with the manning of the trains; and the General Manager, shall, in each case, be deemed to be the employer of such employees.
(3) Any employer who, directly or indirectly, refuses, or by intimidation, undue influence, or in any other manner, interferes with the granting to any elector in his employ, of a reasonable period for voting, as in this section provided, shall on summary conviction be liable to a fine of five thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for one year.
However, I am indeed very amazed by the fact that some companies have decided to go the extra mile to enable their employees to return home to vote.
Other companies have also followed suit which is very heartening to behold indeed!
I urge all companies to assist their employees to return home and vote if they are voting outstation. This general election is extremely critical as the country is at a crucial juncture, where the outcome will determine whether the country will continue to descend into the abyss of corruption, or rise above with good governance.
Moreover, business owners/ employers can relate to the effects of good/ bad governance as it directly impacts their business. Hence you can say that it’s even more important for business owners/ employers that an honest, ethical, upstanding and capable government is running the country.
As such, here are 10 reasons why you MUST absolutely vote in the upcoming general elections:
It is a privilege – There are many countries in the world where citizens don’t have the privilege to choose their government. These citizens would kill for the privilege that you have! Don’t waste it!
It is your civic duty – Every citizen who is eligible to vote should do so! There is simply no excuse unless you’re lying in a hospital bed somewhere.
You get to chart the course of the nation – This is extremely crucial as it affects the entire nation!
It is your responsibility to act when the country is heading down the wrong path – You must admit that during the last 9 years, things aren’t quite right in our country and they seem to be getting worse. Whether it be religious extremism, or rising racial hatred and division, to the intolerance of certain political groups, the spirit of muhibah (goodwill) towards your neighbours seems to be a relic of the past.
The country is suffering from endemic corruption – The country is globally renowned for this which is horribly shameful! Choose correctly and you can put an end to this!
Your future and that of your family and loved ones depends on you making the RIGHT choice – don’t you want to give the best to your loved ones? The government of the country plays an important role as their policies directly affects your life and that of your loved ones!
Voting holds elected officials accountable for their behaviour while in office – if you are eligible to vote but didn’t, you really have absolutely no right to complain when things go wrong
Voting prevents a minority from dictating the policies of a majority – You don’t want the country to be ruled by a bunch of thieves and liars right? So go out and vote and make the right choice!
Every vote matters – In the previous general elections, some politicians won by razor thin margins. Some of these politicians turned out to be really rotten. Imagine if a few more hundred people had turned out to vote the right candidate into office?
You must Save Malaysia – Your country needs you to vote correctly.
Do make the right choice. The power is in your hands! Vote wisely!