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Will Agong Use Online Poll To Appoint Anwar Ibrahim As PM?!

Will Agong Use Online Poll To Appoint Anwar Ibrahim As PM?!

Did the YDP Agong ask for Astro Awani to conduct an online poll, so he can use it to appoint Anwar Ibrahim as the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Agong Wants To Use Online Poll To Appoint Anwar Ibrahim As PM!

People have been sharing this Astro Awani online poll and message on WhatsApp, and social media, claiming that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is going to use it to appoint Anwar Ibrahim as the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia!

To all Malaysians, please vote so that DS Anwar Ibrahim is appointed as the 10th Prime Minister. This analysis was made at the request of YDP Agong. Please viral as soon as possible. Thank you.
https://undi.astroawani.com

It is sometimes sent with an audio file of someone claiming to be a member of Invoke Malaysian confirming that this Astro Awani poll is not fake.

https://www.techarp.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/WhatsApp-Audio-2022-11-21-at-18.27.45.mp3?_=1

Another audio file also claims that this is not fake news, but is a way to get the YDP Agong to appoint Anwar Ibrahim as Prime Minister, instead of Muhyiddin Yassin.

https://www.techarp.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/WhatsApp-Audio-2022-11-21-at-16.49.07.mp3?_=2

Recommended : Muhyiddin Yassin Claims Jews Want PH To Win GE16!

 

Truth : Agong Will NOT Use Online Poll To Install Anwar Ibrahim As PM!

That is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : First Group To Exceed 111 MPs Can Form Next Government

The 15th General Election (GE15) has resulted in a hung Parliament in Malaysia, with no political coalition or party winning a majority of Parliamentary seats.

Hence, the political parties in Malaysia are now anxiously negotiating and bartering with each other… because the first group with at least 112 Members of Parliament will form the next government.

The winning group will then present their new political coalition, and their prime minister candidate, to Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, for his consent.

Fact #2 : Agong Appoints Prime Minister According To MPs, Not Online Poll

The Constitution of Malaysia is very clear about how the YDP Agong appoints the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Under Article 43 (2) (a), the Yang di-Pertuan Agong will appoint a Prime Minister who, in his judgement, is likely to command the confidence of the “majority of the members of [the House of Representative“.

In other words, the YDP Agong can only appoint Anwar Ibrahim as the 10th Prime Minister of Malaysia if he is confident that Anwar Ibrahim has the backing of the majority of the newly-elected Members of Parliament!

To be clear – the YDP Agong cannot appoint Anwar Ibrahim as Prime Minister merely on the basis of an online poll of random people on the Internet!

Read more : Did SPR Mislabel GE15 Ballot Box To Cheat Voters?!

Fact #3 : Astro Awani Poll Asked For Prediction, Not Preference

I should also point out that the Astro Awani poll was NOT asking their viewers for their preference of Prime Minister. Everyone did that earlier, by voting for the political party of their choice during GE15.

If you read the poll carefully, you will see that Astro Awani was only asking its viewers for their “prediction” of who they think will end up becoming Prime Minister.

Instead of asking “Who do you want to be 10th PM?“, Astro Awani asked, “Who will be the 10th PM?

Hung Parliament: Who will be the 10th PM?

Fact #4 : You Can Vote Multiple Times

You can only select one of the three options and pass a CAPTCHA test, but otherwise, the Astro Awani online poll has no restrictions.

Critically – you can vote as many times as you like. That makes the poll completely useless as a guide of the people’s sentiment.

In last two general elections, Malaysians had their fingers dipped in indelible ink, specifically to prevent anyone from voting more than once.

If voting online multiple times is allowed, then governments will be elected by those who have the most supporters clicking the fastest and the longest.

This Astro Awani online poll only serves as a gimmick to bring people into their website. Cynical observers may wonder if the fake message was created by Astro Awani to drive traffic to their website…

Read more : What Can Spoil Your GE15 Vote, Or Get It Rejected?

Fact #5 : Astro Awani Called It Fake News

On Sunday, 20 November 2022, Astro Awani issued a press statement, calling the viral message “fake news” and “irresponsible”, and denied any involvement.

Unfortunately, Astro Awani continue to leave the poll running. The traffic from the viral message must be really awesome.

They may or may not have created the fake viral message, but they are sure enjoying the traffic it brings!

Do the right thing, Astro Awani – delete the poll, and replace it with your press statement about this fake news instead.

Please WATCH OUT about such FAKE NEWS on WhatsApp and social media. They are designed to reduce voter confidence in the electoral process.

Regardless of what you may read or see on social media, please have faith in the electoral process, which is safeguarded by the Malaysian civil service and many volunteers.

 

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Fact Check : Is Semak.Info A Phishing Website?!

Is the Semak.Info website used to check for GE15 voter information really a phishing website?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Semak.Info Is A Phishing Website!

After the official voter information website by the Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) went down a day before the GE15 election day,, people were advised to try an alternative voter information website called Semak.Info.

However, this warning then went viral later that day, claiming that the Semak.Info website is really a phishing website!

The app.semak.info is a phishing site to track your mobile number. Please be informed. Please do not forward. Thanks.

 

Truth : Semak.Info Is NOT A Phishing Website!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Semak.Info + App.Semak.Info Are Different Pages

First, let me point out that Semak.Info, and App.Semak.Info are two different pages on the same website. Think of them as two different rooms in the same office.

Semak.Info is the public-facing page, where users can check their GE15 voter information. Think of it as the information desk at your office.

 

App.Semak.Info, on the other hand, appears to be the website administrator’s page. Think of it as the back office.

That’s why it has a login page, just like how your back office would have a door with a lock – so that the public can’t just walk inside.

 

Fact #2 : Phishing Websites Masquerade As Genuine Websites

Phishing (pronounced as fishing) is a social engineering attack that attempts to obtain your login information, or personal information like credit card and bank account numbers, etc.

Hackers accomplish this by creating fake websites that look like the real website, to trick you into revealing sensitive information like your bank account login and password, or your security questions.

The Semak.Info page does not ask for any login or critical personal information, so it is not a phishing website.

The App.Semak.Info page is blank, with a simple login function. It does not pretend to be an SPR or banking website, and so it is also not a phishing website.

Fact #3 : Semak.Info Is Owned By DAP

When Semak.Info was first circulated, I too was concerned about this “unknown” website. But a quick check showed that the Democratic Action Party (DAP) was the one promoting its use on Facebook.

I did a little digging, and confirmed that the Semak.Info domain is owned by the Democratic Action Party. It also looked like they bought the domain, and developed the website for GE14, way back in 2017.

Fact #4 : Phone Number Used To Send WhatsApp

Some people asked me why this Semak.Info website would require a phone number, when the official SPR website does not require one to obtain voter information.

What they may not realise is that the DAP team added a WhatsApp messaging feature to their Semak.Info website.

Once you key in your phone number and identity card number, the website will give you your voter information. At the bottom though is a blue Whatsapp [sic] button.

If you click on that button, the website will attempt to send a WhatsApp message to that phone number you keyed in earlier, with key voting information.

It doesn’t automatically send the message. You are given a preview of the message, and you will need to tap on the “Continue to Chat” button to actually send that message to the phone number.

Fact #5 : You Can Use A Fake Phone Number

You may be worried that the DAP team could be harvesting your phone number, and tying it to your identification card number.

Frankly speaking, that kind of data is already easily available and sold (illegally) to marketers and scammers alike. So no one actually needs to “scam” you into keying your phone number.

If you are worried, you can use a fake phone number with this website. Just key in any 7-digit number, with a legitimate 3-digit telco prefix (like 011, 012, 017, 018, etc.), and you are good to go.

Please WATCH OUT about such FAKE NEWS on WhatsApp and social media. They are designed to suppress voter turnout in the 15th General Election.

Regardless of what you may read or see on social media, please take the time and effort to cast your vote. This is not only your right, it is your responsibility as a citizen of Malaysia.

Remember – democracy does not guarantee us a good government. Democracy only guarantees us the right to vote out a bad government!

Happy voting on 19 November 2022!

 

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Will Your Phone Get Hacked While You Vote In GE15?!

Will your phone get hacked while you are voting in GE15?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Your Phone Will Get Hacked While You Vote In GE15!

This warning has gone viral on WhatsApp and social media, claiming that your phone will get hacked while you are voting in GE15!

The post is long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

For first time voters, it might be tempting to bring your phone along with you to document and record your experience voting for the first time.

However, the Election Commission (EC) has announced that the use of mobile phones inside polling stations will not be allowed.

As such, you may use your phone to kill time while standing in line, but you’d have to surrender your phone once you collect your ballot paper.

Read more : New SPR Rules On Bringing + Using Phone On GE15!

 

Truth : Your Phone Won’t Get Hacked While You Vote In GE15!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Phones Are Left On KTM Table In Individual Boxes

First, let us establish some basic facts about how phones are “surrendered” before voting in GE15:

  1. Each polling station (Saluran) will have two voting booths, allowing two voters to mark their ballots at the same time.
  2. The KTM (Ketua Tempat Mengundi – Head of Polling Station) will have two cardboard boxes – one for each phone.
  3. On the way to the voting booth, each voter will place his/her phone into one of the two cardboard boxes on the KTM’s table.
  4. After casting the ballots, the voter will retrieve his/her phone from the cardboard box.

The polling clerks and the head of the polling station (KTM) will NOT touch any phone. Voters must place and retrieve their phones by themselves.

Fact #2 : There Are Many Witnesses In Each Polling Station

Each polling station has at least one police officer, three polling clerks and a KTM (Head of the Polling Station), as well as two or more observers.

That’s seven or more people arranged along three sides of the room, which means the phones placed on the KTM’s table are visible to all of them. Any attempt by anyone but the voters to handle the phones would be instantly noticed.

Read more : New SPR Rules On Bringing + Using Phone On GE15!

Fact #3 : KTM Is Usually A Teacher Working In That School

In Malaysian elections, schools are generally used as voting centres, with classrooms converted into polling stations.

Usually, the Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) appoints teachers of the same school as the KTM – head of each polling station.

While this does not mean some of these teachers are not secretly awesome hackers in their spare time, it means that your phones are generally being watched by teachers.

If you can trust school teachers with your kids, you can certainly trust them to WATCH OVER your precious phone.

Fact #4 : Marking Your Ballots Take Less Than A Minute

The only time your phone is out of your view is when you are marking your ballots in the voting booth.

How long do you reckon it takes to mark X on one or two ballots, and fold them? Maybe 10 seconds? 20 seconds if you are slow. No matter what – your mobile phone will only be out of sight for less than a minute.

Do you actually believe any hacker would have the time to hook up your phone to any cable, never mind hack it, in less than one minute?

Fact #5 : Juice Jacking Requires Cable To Be Plugged Into Phone

What this “ethical hacker” is referring to is called juice jacking. Juice jacking requires a cable to be plugged into your phone. It cannot happen wirelessly, because it relies on USB vulnerabilities.

As noted in Fact #1, you will place your phone into a large cardboard box. You will be able to see that there are no cables present.

While you are marking your vote, the box containing your phone will be fully visible to at least six other people in the room, if you discount the “nefarious KTM who is secretly an evil hacker”.

Even a “nefarious KTM who is secretly an evil hacker” will have trouble taking your phone out of the box, without any of the other people in the room noticing, never mind actually plugging in a cable.

That’s why the real risk of juice jacking isn’t that 20-30 seconds you spend voting in GE15, but when you plug your phone into a free USB power socket.

If you are paranoid, just cover your phone’s USB or Lightning port with tape, before you place it in the designated box.

Fact #6 : Juice Jacking Vulnerabilities Have Been Mitigated

As ethical hackers reveal security risks like juice jacking, Google and Apple have taken measures to mitigate the risks.

Both Android and iOS, for example, no longer allow the phone to be mounted as a drive when plugged in over USB. You will get a prompt asking you to confirm the step, which is not possible for the hacker to do without first unlocking the phone.

There have also been many Android and iOS security updates that patch vulnerabilities that could potentially lead to juice jacking attacks. That’s why it’s so important to keep your phone operating system updated.

Please WATCH OUT about such FAKE NEWS on WhatsApp and social media.

Remember – democracy does not guarantee us a good government. Democracy only guarantees us the right to vote out a bad government!

Happy voting on 19 November 2022!

 

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Were Waxed GE15 Ballots Used To Skew Early Votes?!

Did SPR use waxed paper ballots to skew early votes by soldiers in GE15?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Waxed GE15 Ballots Used To Skew Early Votes!

This warning has gone viral on WhatsApp and social media, claiming that the Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) used waxed paper ballots to skew early votes by soldiers in GE15!

Sharing from Support Invoke group:

Just recently in Sabah, soldiers who have voted early, revealed that, next to the Pakatan Harapan (eye logo) where they draw the “X” was slippery, as if the area was printed with a layer of wax, making the “X” difficult to stick/draw on the ballot paper. So when you do find your ballot paper is like the above mentioned…. request Kerani 3 to replace with a new ballot paper. Everyone be alert & careful!! Remind others too to watch out. Do the necessary to make your vote valid!!

Recommended : Muhyiddin Yassin Claims Jews Want PH To Win GE15!

 

Truth : No Waxed GE15 Ballots Were Used To Skew Early Votes!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Pakatan Harapan Does Not Use Eye Logo

The viral message falsely claimed that Pakatan Harapan uses the eye logo.

Pakatan Harapan’s logo is the word Harapan in white, with a stylised arrow replacing the middle A, on a red background.

The eye logo is actually used by Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) because it symbolises the black eye their leader, Anwar Ibrahim received in 1998.

Recommended : Malaysia GE15 Election : Do’s And Don’ts Of Voting!

Fact #2 : PKR Candidates Use PH Logo In Sabah

In October 2022, Anwar Ibrahim stated that Pakatan Harapan member parties will use the red PH logo in Peninsular Malaysia, but leave it to Sabah and Sarawak party leaders to decide whether to use the same logo, or their individual party logos.

However, PKR Sabah chose to use the Pakatan Harapan logo for their candidates. That means the ballot papers for Sabah will show the Pakatan Harapan logo for PKR candidates, as the candidate and logo list for P.167 (Kudat) below shows.

Therefore, it is impossible for any Sabah ballot paper to feature the “eye logo” which is only used by PKR, and not Pakatan Harapan.

In short – the claim that soldiers in Sabah found it hard to vote for Pakatan Harapan / PKR candidates there is false.

Fact #3 : Early Voters Vote Based On Their Own Constituency

Like postal voters, early voters do not vote according to their current location, but according to their constituencies.

That means soldiers in Sabah will vote for their hometown constituencies, unless they opt to change to a different constituency.

Again, this confirms the viral message is lying – the Pakatan Harapan candidates would be using the red PH logo, and not the PKR eye logo.

Fact #4 : Ballpoint Pen + Pencils Have Hard Nibs

The Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) will provide either a ballpoint pen or a pencil in voting booths for your use. You can also bring your own ballpoint pen or pencil.

But unless you intentionally bring your own soft felt tip pen to mark your vote, you will have no problem marking your vote even if the ballot paper was waxed.

That’s because ballpoint pens and pencils have hard nibs, that will scratch through any waxy surface to make a mark on the paper below.

Read more : What Must You Do Before + During GE15 Election?

Fact #5 : No Report Of Waxed Ballot Papers

Early voting in Malaysia was conducted on Tuesday, 15 November 2022. Yet, there has been no report of waxed ballot papers being used in any early voting.

Even if the government was covering up any official reports, police officers and military personnel who encountered such ballot papers would have complained about it on social media, if not to the media.

Fact #6 : Improper Paper Ballots Can Be Exchanged

In the event you encounter any issue with your ballot paper – whether you believe it was tampered with, or was marked in advance, you can complain to the SPR officer in charge of the polling station.

If the SPR officer confirms that there is a problem with the paper ballots, you will receive replacement ballots

Please WATCH OUT about such FAKE NEWS on WhatsApp and social media.

Remember – democracy does not guarantee us a good government. Democracy only guarantees us the right to vote out a bad government!

Happy voting on 19 November 2022!

 

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Malaysia GE15 Election : Do’s And Don’ts Of Voting!

Here is a quick summary of the do’s and don’ts of voting on GE15 – the 15th General Election in Malaysia!

 

Malaysia GE15 Election : Please Do This!

Here is a quick summary of what you should do, when you head out to vote in the 15th General Election on 19 November 2022.

Check Your Voting Details

Before you leave home, please make sure you check your voting details using the SPR Semakan Daftar Pemilih (Electoral Roll Review) page.

At the very least, find out where is your voting centre and its opening and closing hours, which may have changed from the last election.

While this is not necessary, it would be good if you can note down your Saluran (polling station) number. This allows you to avoid checking for your Saluran at the SPR barung, and directly head to the polling station=.

Read more : Must You Print Details + Vote Within 2 Hours?!

Bring Your Original Identification Document

This is the only thing you must absolutely bring with you to vote in GE15 – an original identification document. Here is a list of what is acceptable:

  • MyKad identification card
  • Malaysian passport
  • Malaysian driving licence
  • Temporary identification document (JPN. KPPK09)
  • Official JPN Receipt for Lost Identification Card Report (JPN. KPPK11)

Please do not bring a photocopy of your identification document. It must be the actual identification document.

Wear A Face Mask

Wearing a face mask is mandatory for COVID-19 positive voters.

All other voters do not have to wear a face mask, but it is strongly encouraged to wear one, as it will help prevent any potential infections by COVID-19 positive voters.

Read more : GE15 Voting SOP For COVID-19 Positive Persons!

Practice Safe Distancing

Ensuring a proper physical distance is mandatory for COVID-19 positive voters.

All other voters do not have to maintain a physical distance, but it is strongly encouraged to do so, as it will help prevent any potential infections by COVID-19 positive voters.

Bring Your Mobile Phone

If you are COVID-19 positive, you should bring your mobile phone with MySejahtera installed, so the KKM officer at the voting centre can check your health status.

All other voters do not have to bring a mobile phone, but may do so.

Sanitise Your Hands

After your identity is verified, you will be asked to dip your left index finger into indelible ink.

COVID-19 positive voters MUST sanitise their hands BEFORE dipping their finger into the indelible ink bottle.

All other voters do not have to sanitise their fingers before or after dipping their finger into the ink bottle, but may do so.

It is recommended that you bring your own hand sanitiser, but the SPR will also provide hand sanitisers at the polling station.

Read more : GE15 Guide : What Must Voters Do On Election Day?

Use A Different Hand To Accept Ballot Paper

The indelible ink takes a minute or so to try, so it is recommended that you use a different hand to accept the ballot paper from polling clerk.

This prevents the ballot paper from being stained by the indelible ink. While this will not spoil your vote, it is still best to avoid staining the ballot paper at all.

Check Your Ballot Paper

Depending on your constituency, you will receive one or two ballot papers – white for Parliament, and peach for State.

When the second polling clerk hands you your ballot paper(s), please check to make sure:

  • the ballot papers are printed correctly,
  • they have half a certified SPR stamp and a serial number,
  • they are not torn or damaged in any way, and
  • they are not marked in any way.

If there are any irregularities, point them out to the polling clerk and/or ask the SPR officer for assistance.

Put Your Phone In Silent Mode + Surrender It

Before you go to the voting booth, you MUST place your phone at a designated box on the Polling Centre Head’s desk.

To avoid interruptions, please place your phone on Silent mode, before placing it in the provided box.

Read more : New SPR Rules On Bringing + Using Phone On GE15!

Mark Only Once Per Ballot Paper

It is important that you make only ONE VOTE per ballot paper. If you mark the ballot more than once, it will spoil the vote and your vote will not be counted.

Mark The Ballot With A Cross

Best practice is to mark the empty box next to the candidate or party of your choice with a cross (X).

While the counting clerks will accept other marking like a tick, or even a slash, it’s best to avoid all doubt by marking your choice with a cross (X).

Mark The Ballots With A Pen

Each polling booth will have a pen or pencil, and both are accepted ways of marking your paper ballots.

If you wish to avoid all doubt your vote will not be changed, you are allowed to bring your own pen to mark your paper ballots.

Drop Ballots Into Correct Box

It may seem obvious, the first voter of the day for each polling station may make this mistake, as the voting boxes will be empty.

So please make sure the White ballot paper goes into the box for Parliament, while the Peach ballot paper goes into the box for State.

 

Malaysia GE15 Election : Please Don’t Do This!

Here is a quick summary of what you should NOT do, when you head out to vote in the 15th General Election on 19 November 2022.

Do NOT Wear Clothes With Political Names / Logos

There is no dress code to vote in GE15, but voters are PROHIBITED from wearing clothes with names or logos or symbols of any political candidate, or political party within 50 metres of any voting centre.

Anyone who breaks this rule under the Election Offences Act of 1954 will face up to a year in prison, and/or a fine of up to RM5,000.

Do NOT Bring Items With Political Names / Logos

You are also FORBIDDEN from bringing any items – bags, caps, umbrellas, or even earrings and brooches – that have the names or logos or symbols of any political candidate, or political party.

Anyone who breaks this rule under the Election Offences Act of 1954 will face up to a year in prison, and/or a fine of up to RM5,000.

Read more : Is There A Dress Code For GE15 Election Voters?!

Do NOT Use Your Phone In Polling Centre

You are allowed to bring your phone and use it at the voting centre. However, once you reach your Saluran (polling station), you are NO LONGER ALLOWED to use your phone.

SPR will place notices and posters warning against the use of phones or smartphones inside and outside every GE15 voting room.

Do NOT Take Photo Of Your Ballot Paper

Before marking your ballot papers, you must place your phone in the provided area on the table of the Ketua Tempat Mengundi (Head of the Polling Station).

Please note that it is an offence to take a photo of your ballot papers showing your vote. If convicted, you are subject to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or a fine of not more than RM5,000, or both.

I hope you found this guide useful. Please feel free to share this out with your family and friends.

Happy voting on 19 November 2022!

 

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What Must You Do Before + During GE15 Election?

Find out what must you do before GE15 – the 15th General Election in Malaysia, and on election day itself!

 

What Should You Do Before GE15 Election Day?

Thanks to the Undi18 constitutional amendments that expanded voting rights for Malaysian citizens from 15 December 2021 onwards:

  • the minimum voting age was reduced to 18 years
  • automatic voter registration – all eligible voters would be automatically registered and allowed to vote

There is no longer a need for you to register to vote, but you should check your voting details at least one day before Election Day.

Use the SPR Semakan Daftar Pemilih (Electoral Roll Review) page, which will give you important information like:

  • Pusat Mengundi : Location of your voting centre
  • Saluran : Your assigned polling station at the voting centre
  • Bilangan : The number of voters assigned to that polling station
  • Masa Mengundi : Voting time for your voting centre
  • Masa Keluar Mengundi Yang Digalakkan : Recommended time to go vote
  • Hari Mengundi : Election day

While it is not necessary to print those details, if you can write them down and bring them to the voting centre, it will help the election clerks speed up your registration.

Read more : Must You Print Details + Vote Within 2 Hours?!

 

What Must Voters Bring On GE15 Election Day?

The only thing voters MUST bring is one of these identification documents, in order to qualify to vote on Election Day:

  • MyKad identification card
  • Malaysian passport
  • Malaysian driving licence
  • Temporary identification document (JPN. KPPK09)
  • Official JPN Receipt for Lost Identification Card Report (JPN. KPPK11)

In addition to their identification document, COVID-19 positive persons MUST also bring:

  • a face mask that is worn at all times, except during the facial identification process
  • a smartphone with MySejahtera installed, for KKM officers to check your COVID-19 status

These are recommended (not necessary) items that voters may choose to bring:

  • your own hand sanitiser – recommended for COVID-19 voters
  • your own pen – recommended for COVID-19 voters
  • your own tissue paper – to wipe off any excess indelible ink

 

What Voters Cannot Bring On GE15 Election Day?

Voters are NOT allowed to bring any item (like umbrellas, bags, and caps) with the name of any electoral candidate, or the symbol of any political party, into the voting centre.

Voters are also NOT allowed to wear clothes that have the name of any electoral candidate, or the symbol of any political party.

Read more : Is There A Dress Code For GE15 Election Voters?!

 

What Should Voters Do On GE15 Election Day?

Step 1 : Once you arrive at your voting centre, you can either :

  • head directly to your Saluran (polling station), if you already know your Saluran number, or
  • ask the SRP Barung agent there to check your Saluran number.

Step 2 : Queue outside your assigned Saluran, for your turn to enter the polling station.

Please note that you are NOT allowed to use your phone at the polling station.

Step 3 : Once the police officer at the polling station lets you in, you need to hand over your identification document (e.g. MyKad) to the first polling clerk.

Read more : New SPR Rules On Bringing + Using Phone On GE15!

Step 4 : The polling clerk will verify your details against the electoral roll, and perform a visual identification.

At this point, COVID-19 positive voters must pull down their face masks. Please take care to stand at a distance, and avoid speaking, and quickly put the face mask on after the clerk confirms your identity.

Step 4 : The polling clerk will then ask you to show both your hands, to confirm that you do not have any fingers marked with the indelible ink – evidence that you have not voted yet.

Step 5 : The first polling clerk will hand your identification document to the second polling clerk, and loudly call out your identification card / passport number and name. Please make sure that they are both correct.

Step 6 : You will be asked to move to the second polling clerk, who will hand your identification document back to you.

Step 7 : The second polling clerk will ask you to put out your left index (second) finger, to dip into the indelible ink bottle.

COVID-19 positive voters MUST sanitise their hands BEFORE dipping their left index fingers into the indelible ink bottle.

Read more : Must You Sanitise Hands After Dipping In Indelible Ink?!

Step 8 : Head to the next table where the third polling clerk will hand you your folded paper ballot(s).

You will get a white ballot for Parliament, but you may not receive a peach ballot for state – it depends on your constituency.

Just in case the indelible ink on your left index finger is still wet, take your paper ballots using your right hand.

Step 9 : You will now be asked to head to the table of the Polling Station Head (Ketua Tempat Mengundi, KTM), to deposit your mobile phone in the provided box.

Step 10 : You can now proceed to the voting booth, where you can now unfold the paper ballots.

Although ink smudges will not void your vote, try to unfold your paper ballots once the indelible ink has dried on your left index finger.

Step 11 : Choose your candidate by marking each paper ballot ONCE with an X in the empty box on the far right using the provided pen, or your own pen.

Step 12 : Fold the paper ballots once you are done, before you leave the voting booth.

Step 13 : Drop your paper ballots into the respective polling boxes for Parliament (white) and State (peach).

Step 14 : Collect your mobile phone from the table of the Polling Station Head (KTM).

Step 15 : You can leave the polling station, and the voting centre.

I hope you found this guide useful. Please feel free to share this out with your family and friends.

Happy voting on 19 November 2022!

 

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GE15 : 4PM to 6PM Reserved For COVID-19 Voters?!

Is the 4 PM to 6 PM time slot reserved for only COVID-19 positive voters in GE15, because that’s the only time they are allowed to vote?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : 4 PM – 6 PM Is Only For COVID-19 Voters In GE15

People are sharing claims that 4 PM to 6 PM is reserved exclusively for COVID-19 positive voters, with others claiming that COVID-19 positive voters can only vote during that time slot.

Here is one example on social media:

Please go out and vote before 4.00 p.m.

4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. is for Covid positive people to vote.

GE15: EC issues guidelines for Covid-19 voters

Recommended : Are GE15 Time Slots Meant To Let In Phantom Voters?!

 

Truth : 4 PM – 6 PM Is NOT Only For COVID-19 Voters In GE15

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : GE15 Voting Hours Are Fixed On Election Day

First, let me establish some basic facts about the voting hours on GE15 – the 15th General Election.

Voting hours for GE15 are fixed from 8 AM until 6 PM, in Peninsular Malaysia, and from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM in Sabah and Sarawak.

As long as you get to the polling centre by those times, no one can deny you entry or the right to vote on election day, the 19th of November 2022.

That said, the SPR can gazette different closing times for different closing times for different polling centres, especially in the rural areas.

So please check the correct opening hours for your polling centre using this SPR link.

Fact #2 : COVID-19 Positive Voters Are Allowed To Vote

COVID-19 positive voters are not pariahs, but fellow citizens who just happened to be infected with COVID-19.

The SPR has stated that they have the same rights as other citizens in voting during the 15th general election.

They just have to follow some simple and common sense rules when they go to vote on 19 November 2022.

Read more : GE15 SOP + Process For COVID-19 Positive Voters!

Fact #3 : COVID-19 Positive Voters Are At ANY TIME

COVID-19 positive voters do NOT have to only vote from 4 PM to 6 PM, as some people are alleging.

They can go and vote at the official opening hours of their voting centre. If their voting centre opens at 7:30 AM, they can vote as early as 7:30 AM.

There are no restrictions on when COVID-19 positive voters can vote, as long as it is within the GE15 stipulated voting hours.

Fact #4 : 4 PM – 6 PM Are NOT Reserved For COVID-19 Positive Voters

There is no exclusive 4 PM to 6 PM time slot for COVID-19 positive voters, as some people are alleging.

All voters, even if they are not COVID-19 positive, can go and vote between 4 PM to 6 PM, as long as their voting centres are still open.

Some voting centres, especially in rural areas, may close early, so please refer to each voting centre’s official opening hours.

Recommended : Are GE15 Time Slots Meant To Let In Phantom Voters?!

Fact #5 : SPR Recommends COVID-19 Positive Voters To Come 2 Hours Before Closing

The Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) is merely recommending that COVID-19 positive voters come two hours before each centre’s closing time.

That means 4 PM to 6 PM for Peninsular Malaysia, and 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM for Sabah and Sarawak.

This is merely a RECOMMENDATION, and is NOT A REQUIREMENT. Just in case there’s any confusion, here is the official statement in Malay, and my English translation:

Pengundi positif COVID-19 digalakkan untuk keluar mengundi 2 jam sebelum tamat tempoh pengundian pusat mengundi masing-masing.

COVID-19 positive voters are encouraged to vote 2 hours before the end of voting at each voting centre.

Fact #6 : COVID-19 Positive Voters Are Given Priority At ALL TIMES

Whenever a COVID-19 positive voter turns up to vote, a Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) officer will escort him/her to the polling station.

Once at the polling station, the COVID-19 positive voter is given priority to vote first, to minimise exposure to other people waiting there.

This personal escort + voting priority is not limited to 4 PM to 6 PM, but throughout Election Day.

In fact, this system of escorting COVID-19 positive voters and giving them priority to vote first is only necessary because there is NO EXCLUSIVE TIME SLOT for them.

Please WATCH OUT about such FAKE NEWS on WhatsApp and social media. They are designed to suppress voter turnout in the 15th General Election.

Regardless of what you may read or see on social media, please take the time and effort to cast your vote. This is not only your right, it is your responsibility as a citizen of Malaysia.

Remember – democracy does not guarantee us a good government. Democracy only guarantees us the right to vote out a bad government!

Happy voting on 19 November 2022!

 

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Will Ink Smudges From SPR Stamp Void Your Vote?!

Will ink smudges from the SPR stamp on your ballot paper void your vote?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Ink Smudges From SPR Stamp Will Void Your Vote!

A video has gone viral on WhatsApp and social media, claiming that any ink smudges from the SPR stamp on your ballot paper will void your vote!

The video is in Bahasa Malaysia, so here is my rough English translation of what the man in the video said:

Peace unto you. This incident happened at the Sekolah Padang Besar Selatan voting centre, where the SPR official folded the paper while the SPR stamp here wasn’t dry.

When the ballot paper is folded like so, the SPR stamp will smudge the voting box for the BN candidate.

By folding the ballot paper this way, the SPR stamp will leave ink smudges in the box for the BN candidate.

If you mark X on any other candidate, the vote will be considered a spoilt vote. But if you mark X on the BN candidate, it will remain a valid vote.

This is a tactic that they are using, so please make sure the ballot paper is not folded. After voting, if you want to fold the ballot paper, fold it this way (so it doesn’t cover the SPR stamp).

If you cover the ballot paper this way, your vote will not be split. Thank you.

 

Truth : Ink Smudges From SPR Stamp Will NOT Void Your Vote!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Early Voting Only Started For Security Personnel

First, I should point out that early voting for police and military personnel and their spouses only started yesterday – Tuesday, 15 November, 2022.

This early voting only occurs in police contingent and district headquarters, as well as military camps, so the claim that this incident happened at the Padang Besar Selatan school is false.

Schools across Malaysia have not yet been converted into voting centres. That will only happen on Friday, 18 November 2022, just in time for the 15th General Election the next day.

Fact #2 : Ink Smudges From SPR Stamp Will Not Void Any Vote

The Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) stated on Wednesday, 16 November 2022, that ink smudges will not void any vote.

SPR also pointed out that voting clerks have been instructed to fold the ballot paper horizontally, to avoid smearing of the stamp.

But in the event the ballot paper was folded vertically, causing ink smears from the stamp, the vote will still count.

The most important thing is that the voter clearly marks his/her choice – this will be accepted by the counting clerk, and verified by observers watching them.

Fact #3 : Ink Smudges Won’t Necessarily Benefit BN Candidate

While sample ballot papers always show three candidates, the truth is – there may be many candidates. In fact, in GE15, 10 candidates are fighting for the Batu parliamentary seat!

So this “tactic” will result in ink smudges that smear the voting box of multiple candidates, and not necessarily the BN candidate. As you can tell – this is an illogical way to cheat.

Please WATCH OUT about such FAKE NEWS on WhatsApp and social media. They are designed to suppress voter turnout in the 15th General Election.

Regardless of what you may read or see on social media, please take the time and effort to cast your vote. This is not only your right, it is your responsibility as a citizen of Malaysia.

Remember – democracy does not guarantee us a good government. Democracy only guarantees us the right to vote out a bad government!

Happy voting on 19 November 2022!

 

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Are GE15 Time Slots Meant To Let In Phantom Voters?!

Are the recommended time slots for voting in GE15 designed to let in phantom voters?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : GE15 Voting Time Slots Are Meant To Let In Phantom Voters!

This message has gone viral on WhatsApp, claiming that the SPR recommended time slots for voting in GE15 is meant to block you from voting, so they can send in phantom voters!

As forwarded..

Guys, DON’T BE FOOLED by the time slot as they might send in phantom voters in your name and vote for you, DENYING YOU YOUR CHANCE TO VOTE! Just go as early as you can! These are tactics that they are using to prevent voter turnout! After you are done voting, you can offer to ferry your friends and family to their voting stations too!

If I’m the ruling govt, I will set all your preferred times to THE SAME TIME SLOT ie. 3pm to 5pm so that ALL OF YOU turn up and crowd the stations, queuing snake long queues till voting time cutoff, then those still in the queue will NOT BE ABLE TO CAST THEIR VOTES!

GO EARLY! As with all the years you have done! Once you’ve casted your vote, you can be useful to assist others or assist at polling stations if the PACAs need help. Don’t be part of the herd mentality to follow what a backdoor govt dictates to you under a ‘recommended voting time.’

Recommended : New Pakatan Harapan Logo On GE15 Ballot Papers?!

 

Truth : GE15 Voting Time Slots Won’t Allow Phantom Voters In!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : GE15 Voting Hours Are Fixed On Election Day

First, let me establish some basic facts about the voting hours on GE15 – the 15th General Election.

Voting hours for GE15 are fixed from 8 AM until 6 PM, in Peninsular Malaysia, and from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM in Sabah and Sarawak.

As long as you get to the polling centre by those times, no one can deny you entry or the right to vote on election day, the 19th of November 2022.

That said, the SPR can gazette different closing times for different closing times for different polling centres, especially in the rural areas.

So please check the correct opening hours for your polling centre using this SPR link.

Fact #2 : Recommended Time Slot Meant To Avoid Overcrowding

The viral message falsely claims that the recommended voting time slot is meant to force people to crowd at the end of voting hours.

The two-hour recommended voting time slot is merely a suggestion, as part of the Election Commission (SPR)’s effort to avoid overcrowding at the polling centres.

Typically, there is a tendency for people to rush to vote in the early morning, leading to long queues. While it was acceptable in past elections, it’s a health risk during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Therefore, the SPR is trying to minimise crowding by spacing voters out into 2 hour time slots. Even then, it is merely a recommendation, not a rule.

It is up to you to follow their recommendation, or come whenever it’s convenient.

Recommended : Must You Follow Specific Voting Time On GE15?!

Fact #3 : Recommended Time Slot Varies From Person To Person

The viral message falsely claimed that the government set the recommended time slot to 3 PM to 5 PM, in an effort to force overcrowding and to prevent you from voting.

From what I have personally seen, there appears to be four time slots:

  • 8 AM to 10 AM
  • 10 AM to 12 PM
  • 1 PM to 3 PM
  • 3 PM to 5 PM

The recommended 2-hour period varies from person to person, and is not set to the same 3-5 PM time slot, as alleged.

Fact #4 : Last Time Slot Leaves Plenty Of Time To Vote

The last time slot of 3 PM to 5 PM still leaves voters with an hour to enter the voting centre to vote.

Voting does not stop at 5 PM sharp. The voting centre will stop letting people in at 6 PM (Peninsular Malaysia) or 5:30 PM (Sabah and Sarawak), but once you are in, you are allowed to vote.

So even if you follow the recommended 3 PM to 5 PM time slot, and arrive at 5 PM, you still have one hour to saunter into the voting centre to vote.

Each voting centre will usually have multiple polling stations (Saluran), because the SPR has stipulated that each polling station can only accommodate a maximum of 750 voters, to ensure that waiting time is minimal.

In addition, special voting stations for senior citizens and people with special needs are limited to just 450 voters each.

In other words – as long as you head over to the voting centre with one hour to spare, you should have no issue casting your vote before the voting centre even closes its doors.

Fact #5 : No Evidence Of Phantom Voters

Claims of phantom voters committing election fraud are rife at every Malaysian general election, but there has been no evidence of phantom voters.

That’s because the voting process itself is being observed by volunteers working as observers or polling / counting agents (PACA) from different political parties. This ensures that there are no shenanigans during voting, including phantom voters.

Even if you arrived late and are not able to vote, no one can take your place to vote, because once the voting time has ceased, the ballot boxes are sealed and sent to the counting centres.

 

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New SPR Rules On Bringing + Using Phone On GE15!

The Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) just issued a notice on new rules on bringing and using your phone during GE15 – the 15th General Election!

 

SPR : You Cannot Use Your Phone Inside GE15 Polling Station

At around 10 PM on Monday, 14 November 2022, the Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) issued new rules on how voters can use their phone when they go to vote in the 15th General Election.

You are allowed to bring a phone or smartphone with you to the voting centre. However, you are forbidden from using your phone once you get to the polling station (Saluran) – the room in which you will receive and mark your voting ballot.

SPR will place notices and posters warning against the use of phones or smartphones inside and outside every GE15 voting room. Here is the official SPR statement, with my English translation:

Suruhanjaya Pilihan Raya Malaysia (SPR) telah memaklumkan kepada semua pengundi bahawa penggunaan telefon bimbit di tempat mengundi (saluran) adalah tidak dibenarkan. Sebagai peringatan, notis atau poster larangan penggunaan telefon bimbit akan diletakkan di luar dan di dalam tempat mengundi.

The Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) has informed all voters that the use of mobile phones at polling stations (Saluran) is forbidden. As a reminder, notices or posters prohibiting the use of mobile phones will be placed outside and inside the polling station.

This SPR decision will help prevent anyone from taking photos of voters making their choices, and reduce the potential for vote buying and election fraud.

 

SPR : You Must Surrender Your Phone Before Voting In GE15!

SPR also officially stated that you must place your phone in the provided area on the table of the Ketua Tempat Mengundi (Head of the Polling Station).

After marking and casting your vote, you will then retrieve your phone / smartphone from the KTM’s table, before leaving the polling station.

Here is the official SPR statement, with my English translation:

SPR telah menetapkan bahawa pengundi yang membawa telefon bimbit ke tempat mengundi perlu meletakkan telefon bimbit di tempat yang telah disediakan setelah menerima kertas undi dan mengambilnya semula setelah selesai mengundi.

SPR has ordered that voters who carry mobile phones to the polling station must put the mobile phone in the provided place after receiving the ballot papers and retrieve it after they have finished voting.

This SPR decision will help prevent anyone from accidentally or intentionally taking photos of their votes / ballot papers, and hopefully, prevent vote buying.

Read more : You Must Surrender Phone Before Voting In GE15!

 

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Did HBB 5277 Taxi Driver Vandalise PH Flags?!

Was the HBB 5277 taxi driver caught on video vandalising Pakatan Harapan flags?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : HBB 5277 Taxi Driver Caught Vandalising PH Flags!

A video showing the driver of taxi number HBB 5277 has gone viral on WhatsApp, TikTok, Facebook and Twitter, with many people accusing him of vandalising Pakatan Harapan flags in the run-up to GE15 – the 15th Malaysia General Election!

A taxi man (HBB 5277) destroying “PAKATAN” Flags. Pls viral as much as possible to reach Police Attention🙄😡

Nobody excels in ESPIONAGE and CLANDESTINE activities as well as the CURRENT RULING PARTY in MALAYSIA does!

Their “playbook” is FULL OF DIRTY TRICKS!

A taxi man [HBB 5277] destroying “PAKATAN” Flags.

Pls viral as much as possible to reach Police Attention🙄 😡

Recommended : Is There A Dress Code For GE15 Election Voters?!

 

Truth : HBB 5277 Taxi Driver Did NOT Vandalise PH Flags!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Destroying Political Flags During Election Is A Crime

First, let me just establish the fact that it is a crime to destroy political flags or election materials during the campaigning period of any election in Malaysia.

Several police reports have already been lodged regarding the defacement or destruction of flags, banners and other election materials during the GE15 campaigning period.

These crimes are classified under Section 427 of the Penal Code of Malaysia – those who are convicted may be sentenced to 1 to 5 years of jail, and/or a fine.

Therefore, most of these vandalism occur when no one is looking, and where there is no CCTV coverage to catch the perpetrator in the act. So anyone participating in this crime will always run once they realise that they are being recorded on video.

That’s why this video was so perplexing when I first saw it. The man didn’t seem perturbed that someone else was recording him while he was casually and slowly removing the flags.

Fact #2 : Pakatan Harapan Allegedly Clarified He’s Part Of Their Team

Hours after the video went viral all over WhatsApp and social media, Pakatan Harapan allegedly clarified that the man in the video is part of their team, and was merely removing the flags to replant them elsewhere, as instructed by the police.

Please be informed that PH have clarified that the person shown in the video is part of their team, the flags were fixed in a prohibited location along the museum thus police have instructed to remove and fix at other locations. That’s why he removed the flags gently not trash like others do. Please spread this information before someone beats up this taxi driver HBB 5277 for no reason.
Guys, only post information if you know the facts.

Unfortunately, I am unable to confirm (yet) that the message came from Pakatan Harapan, as their social media pages have neither mentioned the viral video, or clarified the matter officially.

Fact #3 : HBB 5277 Taxi Driver Is SPR Enforcement Agent For Pakatan Harapan

The good news is – the driver himself posted a video, identifying himself as Mohammad Affendi – an Election Commission (SPR) enforcement agent for Pakatan Harapan in Lembah Pantai.

He explained that he was removing the Pakatan Harapan flags because they were wrongly placed outside government buildings or tourist attractions, which is against the law.

He also asked that anyone who doubts his explanation or his identity to verify them with the Election Commission (SPR).

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Can Postal Votes Be Changed On Receipt In Malaysia?

Can your postal votes be changed by anyone in Malaysia?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Postal Votes Can Be Changed On Receipt In Malaysia!

This message has gone viral on WhatsApp and social media, warning people that postal votes can be changed on receipt in Malaysia!

There’s a push for postal voting for overseas M’sians. Here is my concern: The problem with postal votes is that on receipt in Malaysia the votes can be CHANGED! That why in GE14 the voting forms were hand carried by Malaysian traveller back to KLIA. At KLIA, people fr various states waited to receive the hand carried voting forms & distributed them to their polling stations.

Recommended : Postal Voting Guide For Overseas Malaysians!

 

Truth : Postal Votes Cannot Be Changed On Receipt In Malaysia!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp and social media, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Sampul A + B Envelopes Are Sealed

After marking their ballots, postal voters will seal them in individual Sampul A envelopes, that are then sealed together with their Borang 2 forms in individual Sampul B envelopes.

For anyone to change the votes, he/she will have to tear open the envelopes, which would invalidate the vote inside. The vote will be marked as a spoiled vote, and will not count towards the electoral verdict.

Fact #2 : Changing The Vote Would Spoil It

While pencil can be used to mark the ballot, most postal voters will likely use a pen to mark their ballots.

If someone breaks into the envelopes and marks a different choice on the ballot, that will also invalidate the vote – you can only mark once in each ballot.

The vote will be marked as a spoiled vote, and will not count towards the electoral verdict.

Fact #3 : GE14 Postal Vote Hand Carrying Not Due To Fraud

Postal voting in GE14 was pretty much restricted to Malaysian military personnel, government servants and full-time students residing overseas.

Even though the Election Commission (SPR) granted limited rights to overseas Malaysia to vote by post, less than 8,000 were eligible because voter registration was not yet automatic.

In the end, only 212,834 Malaysians were eligible to vote by post, consisting of :

  • 149,730 election workers, military and police personnel, and members of the media,
  • 7,979 overseas Malaysians

Read more : Every Postal Vote Requires Malaysian Adult Witness!

However, the reason why many overseas Malaysians had to resort to the hand-carrying method was because the postal ballots arrived late, and it would take too long to mail them back.

To avoid those postal ballots being rendered void because they could not reach the Returning Officer in their home constituency by 5:30 PM on Election Day, Malaysians banded together to help “hand carry” them.

People flying back to Malaysia brought back the ballots, and handed them over to runners who brought them to each local constituency. However, all this was done to meet the deadline, not to avoid election fraud.

Fact #2 : 1.86 Million Overseas Malaysians Eligible For Postal Voting

In GE15, about 1.86 million Malaysians residing overseas are eligible for postal voting – a vast increase from less than 8,000 in GE14.

That is almost 9% of the total electorate in Malaysia, and for the first time ever – postal voting will have a significant effect on a Malaysian general election.

Hence, it is important to be wary about fake news that are designed to discourage postal voting.

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Postal Voting : Must You Fill Borang 2 In Specific Way?!

Must you fill in Borang 2 in a specific way, or your GE15 postal vote will be rejected?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : You Must Follow Specific Rules To Fill In Borang 2!

This message has gone viral on WhatsApp and social media, warning people that the Borang 2 used in postal voting for GE15 must be filled in a specific way, or it will be rejected!

Apparently, Borang 2 could be the reason the ballot is void – summary as below:

  1. Not given full name in CAPITAL. Name need to be per IC in FULL
  2. The Handwriting of the Witness are the Same. SPR will assume the witness isn’t there.
  3. The address of be witness need to be per IC and not the residential address. DON’t put overseas address unless that is the address in your IC.
  4. Address need to be EXACTLy per IC. It means, no short hand. Can’t write JLN, need to be ‘Jalan’
  5. Date needs to be in full. Missing year can make the ballot void.

Recommended : Postal Voting Guide For Overseas Malaysians!

 

Truth : There Are Some Rules On Filling Borang 2

This viral message that has been circulating on WhatsApp and social media is PARTLY FALSE, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : You Should Write In Capital Letters

Both the voter and the witness should write in CAPITAL letters while filling in Borang 2.

If either one of you wrote in lower-case letters, then it is up to the Returning Officer’s discretion whether to accept or reject your postal vote.

To avoid any possibility of your postal vote being rejected, please make sure everything is written in CAPITAL LETTERS!

Fact #2 : You Should Write The Full Date

The date should be written in full – including the year 2022.

If you fail to write a full date, it is up to the Returning Officer’s discretion whether to accept or reject your postal vote.

To avoid any possibility of your postal vote being rejected, please make sure you write EVERY DATE in FULL!

Fact #3 : No Need For Different Handwriting

The handwriting of the witness for Borang 2 does NOT need to be different from the voter’s handwriting. That’s because the witness may be elderly or unable to write, so the voter may fill it in on his/her behalf.

The most important thing is to ensure that the information filled in is correct, and that the witness is the one who pens the signature on Borang 2, or inks his/her thumbprint.

But if you want to ensure that there is zero possibility of any dispute, just ask the witness to fill in Borang 2 in his/her own handwriting.

Fact #4 : No Need For Malaysian Address

The viral message falsely claimed that you must use a Malaysian address, as per your MyKad identity card.

Postal voting is for overseas voters, and witnessed by Malaysian adults who are living overseas, and they may no longer have a valid Malaysian address.

Therefore, it is illogical to fill in a Malaysian address, or even to use the address in your MyKad.

The witness should fill in his/her current address, whether it is overseas or in Malaysia.

Fact #5 : Address Can Be In Short Form

Again, there is no need to fill in the address as per the witness’ Malaysian MyKad, which may not even be valid!

There is also no need to use the full form of the address – Jalan, instead of JLN. The postal services are not so stupid that they cannot understand the difference between Jalan and JLN.

As long as the Malaysian Election Commission (SPR) can contact the witness by mail (if need be), the vote will not be rejected.

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Is There A Dress Code For GE15 Election Voters?!

Is there a dress code for voters during GE15 – the 15th Malaysia General Election?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : GE15 Voters Must Follow Office Dress Code To Vote!

People are sharing messages claiming that voters must follow a specific dress code to vote during GE15 – the 15th Malaysia General Election!

Please viral to all the youngsters, male and female, Malays, Chinese, Indians, Sikhs, Ibans, Kadazans Dan Lain lain, Please DON’T wear short pants, Shorts, slippers while going to polling centre to vote. Those with shorts n slippers SPR doesn’t allow to vote.
请向所有青少年,男性和女性,马来人,华人,印度人,基督徒,锡克教徒,印度穆斯林和其他人,前往投票中心投票时请不要穿短裤 & 拖鞋。SPR 是不允许投票。

This typical Govt poster on DRESS CODE MIGHT SUDDENLY APPEAR AT THE GATE OF YOUR POLLING STATION TO CATCH YOU UNAWARE !! … SO BE ALERTED !! SHARE !!

Recommended : Do You Need A Readable MyKad To Vote In Election?!

 

Truth : No Need To Follow Office Dress Code To Vote In GE15!

These are just more examples of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Voters Only Need To Be Appropriately Dressed

The fake news falsely claimed that people cannot wear short pants or slippers to vote at the 15th general election in Malaysia.

According to Section 26(1)(g) of the Election Offences Act of 1954 (Act 5), voters can wear anything they want as long as their clothes do not have :

  • the name of any electoral candidate
  • the symbol of any political party

In other words, if you prefer to wear shorts and slippers, go on right ahead. Or if you prefer to dress up, more power to you!

This is not just about comfort. The 15th General Elections will be carried out during the monsoon season, and voters may have to endure pouring rain, making it impractical to wear formal wear.

Fact #2 : Dress Code Photo Only For Government Offices

The photos that people keep sharing (below is just one example) are of the dress code for government offices in Malaysia. You only need to abide by that dress code if you wish to enter a government office.

That government office dress code does NOT apply to the polling centres for the 15th General Election. You do NOT have to follow this dress code to vote in GE15!

Recommended : You Must Surrender Phone Before Voting In GE15!

Fact #3 : SPR Refuted Dress Code Claims

The Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) also issued a statement refuting that office dress code claim, as well as the infographic below.

The SPR also stated clearly that the government office dress code does NOT apply in any election polling station.

Voters do not have to dress according to government office attire at polling stations. The EC has not and will not prevent a voter from entering a polling station as long as the voter is appropriately dressed.

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You Must Surrender Phone Before Voting In GE15!

The Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) just introduced a new requirement – you must surrender your phone before voting in the 15th General Election!

 

GE15 : You Must Surrender Your Phone Before Voting!

At 2:15 PM on 9 November 2022, the Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) issued an infographic detailing the 10 steps you need to take to vote on the day of the 15th General Election (GE15).

Eagle-eyed Malaysian netizens quickly spotted Steps 6 and 9, in which there is a new requirement to surrender your phone before voting, and collecting it back after you have voted.

Many people have asked me if this is true, as there was never such a requirement in the past.

It also did not help when people shared fake news claiming that phones are not allowed to be brought to polling stations during GE15.

 

You Can Bring Phone, But Must Surrender It Before Voting!

In the past, you are allowed to bring in your phone, even to the voting booth. However, you are not allowed to take a photo of your ballot paper.

In fact, it is an offence that will subject you to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years, or a fine of not more than RM5,000, or both, if you are found guilty.

I checked with SPR and BERSIH and confirmed that this is a new but legitimate requirement in GE15.

You are allowed to bring your phone or smartphone to the polling station, but you must surrender it at the table of the Ketua Tempat Mengundi (Head of the Polling Station).

After marking and casting your vote, you will then retrieve your phone / smartphone from the KTM’s table, before leaving the polling station.

This will help prevent anyone from accidentally or intentionally taking photos of their votes / ballot papers, and hopefully, prevent vote buying.

Former Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir himself asked the SPR (belatedly) to ban people from bringing their phones to the polling stations. One has to wonder – why didn’t he ask them to do this for all those years he was Prime Minister? #eyeroll

In any case, this is genuine news, so please share this article out, and let everyone know.

You can still bring your phone, but you must surrender it before voting, and you can only use it to selfies and photos after leaving the polling booth.

Happy voting to all Malaysians!

Just remember – democracy does not guarantee us a good government. It only guarantees us the right to vote out a bad one!

 

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GE15 : Must You Print Details + Vote Within 2 Hours?!

Must you print your voting details, and only vote within 2 hours, at the upcoming GE15 Malaysia general election?!

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Claim : You Must Print Details + Vote Within 2 Hours On GE15!

People are sharing screenshots of GE15 voting details, warning that Malaysian voters must print them out, and vote within 2 hours!

New rules from SPR to make it did to vote this GE15. You need to print out your details from SPR website. You are only allowed to vote 8am to 10am for morning n 2pm to 4pm. Even though it is stated voting time is 10 hours, the guards will not allow people in from 10am to 1pm n voting centers will close 4pm sharp. This is a cheating method for UMNO to win. Make sure you have a given number in your details. Those without number will not be allowed in. Plus no handphone allowed. Please make police reports. This is the biggest scam from SPR.

UMNO wants to win big in Putrajaya, KL n Selangor hence the obstacles so that the extra boxes hidden will be bought out .

New rules fr SPR to make it difficult to vote.

Recommended : Do You Need A Readable MyKad To Vote In Election?!

 

Truth : You Don’t Need To Print Details / Vote Within 2 Hours On GE15!

These are just more examples of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : These Are Not New SPR Rules

The Malaysian Parliament and Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) made a few changes since the last election:

  • voting age has been reduced from 21 to 18
  • automatic voter registration means all Malaysians age 18 and above are eligible to vote
  • postal voting for all overseas Malaysians, instead of the police and military

Other than those few changes, there have been no changes to how the general election works in Malaysia.

Fact #2 : You Are Not Required To Print Anything

The SPR website allows you to check your voting details, so you know where to go on election day – 19 November 2022.

It also gives you other useful information, like your Saluran (voting channel) and the Bilangan (Count – basically, your voting number).

However, there is NO REQUIREMENT to print anything. You will be allowed in to vote, even if you do not print your voting details. Just make sure you bring your MyKad!

Fact #3 : You Are Not Required To Note Your Saluran / Bilangan

At the bottom of this section, the SPR asks everyone to note their Saluran and Bilangan numbers, and bring them to the voting centre (with my translation in English).

Sila catat nombor Saluran serta nombor Bilangan dan bawa ke Pusat Mengundi

Please note your Channel and Count numbers, and bring them to the Voting Centre

However, you will NOT be turned away if you did not print anything, or even bother to remember your Channel and Count numbers.

Noting the Channel and Count numbers will simply help election officials quickly locate you on the voting list, speeding up the process.

Help them speed up the process – note down and tell them your Saluran (Channel) and Bilangan (Count) numbers, so more voters can quickly vote on election day!

Recommended : Bangladeshi Man With Malaysian IC + Chinese Name?!

Fact #4 : Voting Hours Are Fixed From 8 AM to 6 PM

The fake news falsely claimed that people are only allowed to vote from 8 AM to 10 AM in the morning, and from 2 PM to 4 PM in the afternoon.

The voting hours for the GE15 general election in Malaysia are fixed from 8 AM until 6 PM, on 19 November 2022.

Fact #5 : Recommended Voting Hours Are A Suggestion, Not Rule

People may be confused by the SPR listing (in bold red colour, no less!) the recommended voting time (with my translation in English).

Masa Keluar Mengundi Yang Digalakkan

Recommended Time To Vote

The recommended 2-hour period varies from person to person, and is merely a suggestion, not a rule. You do NOT have to follow the recommended voting hours.

The recommended voting time appears to be SPR’s attempt to minimise crowding by spacing voters out into 2 hour slots. It is up to you to follow their recommendation, or come whenever it’s convenient.

However, to avoid missing out on the opportunity to vote on GE15, please come at least an hour or two before the 6 PM deadline!

Recommended : Postal Voting Guide For Overseas Malaysians!

Fact #6 : You Are Allowed To Bring Your Phone

Malaysians love to post selfies or photos showing that they have done their duty, and voted in the general election.

Even though former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad (belatedly) asked the SPR to ban people from bringing their phones to the polling centre, there is no such phone ban.

You are still allowed to bring your phone to the polling centre on the GE15 election day.

 

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