The controversy surrounding the 1,000-odd purported permanent residents listed as voters on the Election Commission (EC) website took another twist with a temporary identity card holder found in the mix.
Following a tip-off by members of PAS Youth, Malaysiakini found that Yusnati Haris Lakmana, 27, who is listed as a voter on the EC website, is a holder of a temporary identity card.
A temporary identity card is green in colour, while permanent residents are given red IDs and Malaysian citizens, blue.
Checking the National Registration Department (NRD) database, publicly accessible on their website, revealed this.
The NRD check showed that Yusnati is a holder of a green identity card (MyKad), and has collected the card.
This means that Yusnati, a voter in the Chempaka state constituency and Pandan parliamentary constituency, is not yet a permanent resident but is in the process of applying to be one.
Malaysiakini has contacted the NRD, which said that it will run a check to confirm Yusnati’s status on Monday as it does not operate on weekends.
‘Technical’ error says EC
The Election Commission said that it will only be able to run checks after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri break as the officer responsible is already on leave.
In the case of the 1,000-odd permanent residents previously found on the roll, the NRD and EC clarified that this was due to “technical negligence“.