More than 21 million Malaysians will cast their votes to elect the 222 members of the Lower House (Dewan Rakyat). To form a government, a majority of 112 seats or more is required and nearly a thousand candidates from more than ten parties are vying for them.
Elections in Malaysia are largely fought on ethnoreligious loyalties. There are approximately 32 million people, 60 percent of them Muslims, 20 percent Buddhists, 10 percent Christians, and 6.3 percent Hindus. The cost of living, corruption, and instability call for a strong government in Malaysia.
“Vote based on your conscience. As a voter, be proud of your contribution,” Bishop Paul said in a letter distributed in the parishes of Melaka-Johor diocese.