1. Spread the word.
- Spread the word about our campaign to other Malaysians living overseas. Even if you don’t know that many Malaysians overseas, spread the word to your friends in Malaysia who may do.
- Follow us on Facebook (http://facebook.com/MyOverseasVote) or on Twitter @MyOverseasVote, and tell your friends to do the same. Also, sign our online petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/myoverseasvote/.
2. Raise funds.
- Help kickstart our campaign by donating money yourself via PayPal to MyOverseasVote@gmail.com. You can pay by credit or debit card and do not need a PayPal account.
- If your PayPal account is linked to a UK bank account or if you are paying from a PayPal GBP balance, you can pay via PayPal without any transaction fee. Alternatively, you can transfer money directly to MyOverseasVote UK’s HSBC account no. 61674781 sort code 40-05-26.
- Encourage others to donate money. This is the most crucial way you can help at the moment. We need to raise £40,000 (RM200,000) in total to fund the campaign – if 1% of Malaysians overseas each donated £4 / $6, we would meet our target.
3. Register if you are eligible.
- If you are currently 21 or over and a full-time student in higher education overseas, you are eligible to register as an absent voter, regardless of whether you are Government-sponsored or a private student. This means that you will get a postal vote when an election is called.
- Register via the nearest Malaysian embassy or high commission. Please let us know if your registration is successful or if you face problems. We have recently forced the Election Commission to acknowledge that Malaysian embassy advice that only government-sponsored students may register is contrary to the law, but we are aware that many embassies are still without the necessary forms.
4. Become a litigant.
We are looking for a small number of people to put their names to the litigation. They will have to be Malaysian citizens over 21 and not in higher education; i.e., either working, unemployed or retired. We want to get a broad range of litigants, high-paid, low-paid, retired, those who have been here for decades or a couple of years. We plan to have litigants from the UK, USA, Australia and elsewhere.
UPDATE: We have already launched our court case, which is now in the Court of Appeal.
5. Help with ideas and expertise.
- This campaign is still very much at an early stage, but if you have any suggestions or expertise to offer, email us at MyOverseasVote@gmail.com. We may take up your offer straightaway, or we may wait till a later stage of the campaign. Either way, we will keep you informed.
6. Set up a branch.
- If there is no MyOverseasVote presence in your country, email us at MyOverseasVote@gmail.com to see if you can be a co-ordinator for MyOverseasVote in your country. We currently have branches in the UK and the USA, and need co-ordinators to set up branches in other countries.
- Co-ordinators will be the main contact point for MyOverseasVote in their countries, and will help us to fund-raise and disseminate information.