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Ex-EC chief doubts Umno has 3 million members

Ex-EC chief doubts Umno has 3 million members

Former EC chairman Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman urges opposition parties to focus on the remaining 12 million voters to capture Putrajaya and state governments.

PETALING JAYA: A former Election Commission (EC) chairman has disputed that Umno has three million members, saying its divisional leaders in the past took names from the electoral rolls to set up branches nationwide.

Abdul Rashid Abdul Rahman, who is now Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) vice-president, said many of those whose names were picked from the electoral rolls, did not realise that they had become Umno members.

“As such opposition parties need not fear that the largest Malay party had a strong vote bank to keep them in power.

“I know this because their leaders took the voters list to set up branches in Umno divisions,” said Abdul Rashid at a PPBM-DAP seminar in Alor Star on Saturday. Also present at the seminar were PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad, PKR and DAP leaders.

Abdul Rashid, who was with the EC for 27 years, both as civil servant and commission chief, said this was done with the encouragement of top party leaders.

Umno leaders have always taken pride that its strong membership ensured its party and other candidates from Barisan Nasional component parties won in elections.

Abdul Rashid said opposition parties should focus on the remaining 12 million voters to win power in Putrajaya and state governments.

“But we must work very hard to woo voters in the 14th general election,” he added.

Abdul Rashid said two years ago he had also proposed to Prime Minister Najib Razak to conduct automatic voter registration when citizens turn 21 but the idea was shot down.

“If this exercise was implemented, the number of Malay voters in Peninsular Malaysia will increase from 59% to 69%.

He also urged all opposition parties to unite to change the present government.

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Ex-EC chief doubts Umno has 3 million members
February 14, 2017 – FMT

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