Road barricaded, heavily-armed cops patrolling ahead of pro-Undi18 protest in Parliament

Ashman Adam
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Police personnel in full tactical gear are seen standing guard at the road heading to Parliament in Kuala Lumpur March 27, 2021. ― Pictures by Yusof Mat Isa
Police personnel in full tactical gear are seen standing guard at the road heading to Parliament in Kuala Lumpur March 27, 2021. ― Pictures by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, March 27 ― The road leading up to the Parliament has been blocked ahead of a protest that will be held at the entrance of the building today.

Several heavily-armed police officers with assault rifle and body armour could be seen patrolling and standing by at the barricade.

They were among the tens of officers who arrived at the site around 1.45pm.

Meanwhile, a police officer told Malay Mail earlier that no such protest will happen today as the road has been blocked.

Various youth and civil society groups are expected to gather in front of the Parliament building at 2.30pm today to push for the implementation of Undi18 as soon as possible.

Police personnel stand guard at the road leading to Parliament in Kuala Lumpur March 27, 2021.
Police personnel stand guard at the road leading to Parliament in Kuala Lumpur March 27, 2021.

The gathering, organised by the secretariat of “Himpunan Tuntut Undi 18” represents the many NGOs and youth who want Undi18 to be implemented immediately.

This comes as on Thursday, the Election Commission (EC) announced that it has decided to postpone Undi18 and the accompanying automatic voter registration, citing Covid-19 for causing delays to its implementation.

The EC said it needed to evaluate new obstacles and persistent issues as well as account for the various movement control orders (MCO) that are in place.

Federal lawmakers crossed the political aisle and voted unanimously to amend the Federal Constitution in July 2019 and lower the minimum voting age from 21 to 18.

Undi18 can only take effect once it has been gazetted, which was scheduled for the second half of this year.

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