About MyOverseasVote

1. Why set up MyOverseasVote?

  • Over 1 million Malaysians are estimated to live and work outside Malaysia. Of this, roughly 40% work in Singapore and 20% in other Asian countries.
  • There are 11 million registered voters in Malaysia, out of a potential electorate of 15 million.
  • Under the Election (Registration of Electors) Regulations 2002, only members of the Armed Forces, public servants, students and their spouses living overseas are eligible to register and vote as absent voters.
  • Our legal advice is that the discriminatory provisions are an abuse of the Election Commission’s discretion under the law and a violation of the grant of equality under the Federal Constitution.

2. Our aims

  • To end discrimination against Malaysian citizens who are living or working outside Malaysia.
  • To re-enfranchise Malaysian citizens overseas, and to re-engage them in charting the future course of Malaysia.
  • To bring legal proceedings against the Election Commission challenging the discriminatory provisions in the 2002 Regulations.

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  4. Kate says:

    I am currently studying in London and how can i vote for this coming election ?

    • You can register to vote at the Malaysian high commission in London; however it will take 3-6 months for the registration to be reflected on the register of voters.

  5. Tan says:

    I am a registered psychologist working in a rural area in Australia. I have gone back to Malaysia and I was advised by my local council that I am not allowed to do postal voting because I am base in rural Australia and I do not have enough information on the issues in Malaysia. Can you help me?

  6. philcp says:


    I am alraedy a registered voter back in My. Infact, I have alraedy exercise my rights to vote in 2 elections. However, since 2009, I have moved to Canada to further my studies – what should I do in order to cast my vote from here?

    • If you are a full time student, you can register with the Malaysian High Commission or consulate as an absent voter. Contact your local high commission/consulate, but be aware that it can take up to four months to register.

  7. Lai Yen Yee says:


    I understand that government staff or full time students overseas can vote remotely. I am working in Italy and do I have the same right?

    Thanks in advance!

  8. serene says:

    Hi there,

    I am a Malaysian who left 5 months ago to study in the UK but have registered as a voter 3 years ago. Am I correct to say that all I need to do now is to submit the BORANG 1B? Is it still necessary to register as an absent voter?


  9. rachel says:

    i am working in singapore and i am a first time voter, so in other words we must head back to our hometown to vote or can we just vote in JB if our hometown is too far away? we cannot apply to be an absentee voter? how many elections can we miss before any punishment by law comes in?

  10. Bryant says:

    i am a student now internship in Singapore currently. may i do voting in Singapore?

  11. Julia Tan says:

    Is voting only done in Melbourne? Is there any other way I can vote as I cant be in Melbourne on the 28th April. Please enlighten me.

  12. Carmen says:

    I migrated to Australia nine years ago and I am no longer a Malaysian citizen. Out of curiosity, I’ve entered my IC number on this website: http://daftarj.spr.gov.my/ to check if I’m a registered voter (note: I’ve never registered or voted in Malaysia). Surprisingly, the result shows that I am a registered voter. Is someone using my identity to vote?

    • Did you formally renounce your Malaysian citizenship or did the Government officially deprive you of citizenship? If not, you are still a Malaysian citizen. If you did, then the EC should have been informed. Please contact them directly.

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  15. Jonas says:

    Where should i register in New Zealand? How long do that takes? What are the documents needed?

  16. Tan Ming Ruey says:

    How can I register as a overseas voter here in Manila, Philippines?

    • If you are a registered voter, you need to wait for the election to be called to apply for a postal vote. Otherwise, you should apply to be an ordinary voter.

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