The Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia: Declaration of Public Holiday for GE14
We the undersigned humbly ask you to exercise your wisdom as the Head of State of our nation to help in the declaration of, at the very least, Wednesday, the 9th of May 2018, as a public holiday. We believe that this action will allow as many Malaysians who would wish to vote the freedom necessary to do so without fear of repercussions. Moreover, the broad-based effect of a public holiday would level the field for businesses who might fear losing ground to their competitors, as all of them will be affected equally.
As you will be rightly aware, the Elections Commissions has declared that the date on which the polling for the 14th General Election of Malaysia is the 9th of May 2018. This date, unfortunately, falls on a Wednesday, which has invoked some concern on the effects it would have on the populace of our nation, some of whom might find themselves in a dilemma to take time off work to cast their votes.
This is especially true for those in the private sector and whose polling stations are located very much further away from their workplace and current residence, constituting a need for leaves to be applied that may stretch for more than 1 day.
What's more, young voters who are new recruits might be hesitant to apply for leaves this early in their career, especially considering the limited number of leaves that can be granted by a business to preserve its fiscal performance. In a time where rising costs of living and job insecurities are rife, we fear voters would be discouraged from going out to vote entirely due to this, or would be unable to due to responsibilities to their employers.
We are also aware that the EC has the responsibility to determine suitable dates for the election process to be undertaken as easily and successfully as possible. This petition is not to undermine their jurisdiction, rather it respects this responsibility and merely asks that you act to ensure all Malaysians have as easy a time as possible to exercise their right to vote while also not unfairly affecting businesses with a certain composition of workers.
We appeal to you in this time where Parliament has been dissolved and the government in office plays a reduced role as caretakers of executive power. In addition to this, the fact that the latter are also a part of one of the coalitions competing for seats in the election introduces a conflict of interest which might prevent them from carrying out what is essentially a moral duty. In this regard, it is our humble opinion that the responsibility should fall on your shoulders to ease this burden of ours by expressing your opinion on this matter as a symbolic show of solidarity.
In any case, together with you we have also included Datuk Seri Najib Bin Tun Razak, the current Prime Minister of Malaysia and Dato' Seri Ahmad Zahid Bin Hamidi, the current Minister of Home Affairs, as the power to declare public holidays is vested in the Minister in charge. Moreover, we have included Tan Sri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, The Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal in the Conference of The Rulers so that he may bring this issue up with the individual Rulers such that they may express their own opinions if they so wish. In contacting you, Tuanku, we have decided to include the details of YB Dato' Nik Mohd Shafriman bin Nik Hassan, the Setiausaha Sulit Kanan Kepada SPB YDA.
Orang ramai diminta bertenang berhadapan pengumuman Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya (SPR) menetapkan hari Rabu 9 Mei sebagai hari mengundi.
“Kerana keputusan SPR menetapkan 9 Mei Rabu, hari bekerja, maka andainya PH menang, maka ‘Kerajaan PH’ akan mengisytirharkan 10 & 11 Mei 2018 sebagai Cuti Umum bagi menggalakkan dan meyakinkan Rakyat/Pengundi untuk Pulang Mengundi dan seterusnya Menyambut Kemenangan Rakyat.”
Demikian perkongsian Pengarah Strategi Parti Amanah Negara, Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad yang tampil ke laman sosial Twitter untuk memujuk kemarahan rakyat Malaysia.
Media sosial meletup tengah hari tadi berikutan pengumuman SPR yang menetapkan hari mengundi bagi Pilihanraya Umum ke-14 pada pertengahan minggu, selepas penamaan calon pada 28 April.
Keputusan tersebut dilihat bakal menyusahkan orang ramai yang perlu mengatur perjalanan untuk pulang mengundi, terutamanya pengundi Sabah dan Sarawak yang bekerja di Semenanjung.
Mengulas keputusan tersebut, mantan pengarah badan pemikir IDEAS, Wan Saiful Wan Jan berkata adalah penting untuk HARAPAN memastikan peratusan keluar mengundi adalah tinggi.
“Jangan biarkan Najib mencuri,” ujarnya di laman sosial Twitter.
“Pemilihan tarikh 9 Mei sebagai hari mengundi adalah satu lagi helah Najib dan UMNO untuk mencuri #PRU14. Ia jatuh pada hari Rabu, iaitu hari bekerja.
“Sudah pasti ramai yang tidak dapat mengundi, terutama mereka yang menetap atau bekerja jauh daripada tempat mengundi.
“UMNO mahu peratusan keluar mengundi rendah kerana mereka tahu bilangan rakyat yang tidak menyokong mereka adalah ramai. Jika peratusan keluar mengundi adalah tinggi, kemungkinan untuk Najib berpindah keluar dari Putrajaya juga adalah tinggi,” tegasnya.
Pengerusi SPR, Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah bagaimanapun enggan memberi rasional kepada keputusan tersebut, yang mengehadkan tempoh kempen setakat 11 hari sahaja.
Mohd Hashim dilaporkan tergesa-gesa melarikan diri dari sidang media SPR, mengelak soalan wartawan