|Written by Chan Kok Leong|
|PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Rakyat (PR) registered the highest number of voters in 2009, according to Election Commission (EC) statistics.
The opposition coalition of PKR, DAP and PAS took the lion’s share by registering 54.5% of the 69,906 new voters with the EC, while Barisan Nasional (BN) recorded 45.1% for the whole of Malaysia.
But Umno topped the list for the most number of voters registered among 20 political parties at 24,818 or 35.5% followed by DAP at 25.4% and PAS at 24.3%.
For the whole of last year 59,568 eligible voters registered with the political parties in Peninsular Malaysia while 10,338 registered themselves with the parties in East Malaysia.
Among the BN partners, Umno was the most hardworking at 78.6% followed by Sarawak-based Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) at 6.6% (2,082 voters).
MCA finished third with 1,467 voters registered or 4.6%. The 15-party coalition registered 31,568 new voters.
In the PR coalition, DAP was top with 17,790 voters (46.6%) registered, followed closely by PAS’ 17,022 (44.6%). PKR came in last with a paltry 3,331 (8.7%) new voters logged. Together, the parties registered 38,143 new voters.
According to the February 2010 data, last year’s trend was repeated with PR recording 55.3% of the total number of new voters registered followed by BN at 44.5%. Umno also led the way with 41.9% followed by DAP (25.3%) and PAS (19.2%).
In Perak, despite its loss of the state government last year, PR registered the highest number of new voters at 7,357 or 81.5% while BN pulled in 1,664 (18.5%) new voters.
In contrast, BN pulled in more new voters in Terengganu and Johor. In Terengganu, BN registered 85.4% of the 9,281 new voters while PAS logged in the remainder.
In Umno’s backyard of Johor, BN registered 73.5% of the 6,417 new voters while PR took 26.5%.
In the PAS hotbed, Kelantan, 92.4% of the 4,938 new voters chose to register with the Islamist party while the rest opted for Umno.
But in Selangor, the numbers were more evenly split with PR taking 57.8% of the 12,546 new voters compared to BN’s 42.3%.
The numbers were also similar in the other PR-held states of Penang and Kedah. PR had 57.2% and 57.9% in Penang and Kedah respectively.
In anticipation of a state election in Sarawak, PR parties — PKR and DAP — have stepped up their activities by registering 52.5% of the 7,669 new voters compared to the BN ones.
DAP registered 2,717 while PKR logged in 1,306. Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s party, PBB, registered 2,082 new voters while another coalition partner Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) logged in 1,254.