With the implementation of the automatic voter registration (AVR) recently, it was found that Malaysia currently holds the unofficial world record for having the oldest living person.
According to Malay Mail, the oldest living person on record is a woman who’s supposedly living in Paloh, Johor.
Checks conducted by Malay Mail on the Election Commission’s (SPR) web portal for voter’s eligibility status confirmed that the 122-year-old woman was indeed born on 31 December 1900.
This information showed up after the AVR system introduced old unregistered voters who would likely be unable to cast their vote, at the same time, also raises questions on the cleaning up of voter lists without cancelling legitimate registration.
According to Paloh incumbent Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali, he said he was perplexed when he first found out but noted that the data wasn’t fabricated because it was obtained from SPR.
However, they were not able to trace the person’s whereabouts because the existing personal records were incomplete.
Meanwhile, Sheikh has instructed his party’s polling agent to keep watch if the said person shows up to vote on 12 March.
The record holder
So far, the current oldest living person in the world is a Japanese woman named Kane Tanaka, who was born in January 1903 and is now 119 years old.
While in Malaysia, the Malaysian Book of Records currently officially recognizes Annamah Abukutty, who is from Penang as the oldest living woman in the country at the age of 110.
The oldest living man is Seliman Bandang from Sarawak at the age of 111.
Paloh – a gathering of centenarians
There are 25,831 registered voters in Paloh and among them are a total of 13 centenarians (those above 100 years old). All 13 centenarians are registered as voters in SPR’s web portal.
Meanwhile, those aged 60 and above makes up about 22.8% (5,884) of registered voters in the constituency, where the ageing population is on a gradual rise.
Following the implementation of Undi18, Paloh only saw an increase of 1,267 new voters between the ages of 18 and 20 in Paloh, a mere 4.9% of the total registered.
Under the AVR system, Paloh saw an increase of 4,432 new voters, which is about 17% increase from the 14th general election in 2018.