11 Apr '18, 8am

Malaysia GE: Polling day on May 9 declared public holiday

KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian government has declared that Polling Day on May 9, a Wednesday, will be a holiday, as it reacted to public anger over the plan to ask citizens to return to their home towns to vote in the middle of a working week. The announcement by the Prime Minister's Office on Wednesday (April 11) mollified some people. But others said it would still be tough to travel home, queue for hours to vote, and then return to their workplaces within 24 hours. The weekday polling date was announced on Tuesday by the Election Commission (EC). It will be the first weekday vote in a general election (GE) since the 1999 polls – 19 years ago. The 1995 and 1999 GEs were both held on a Monday, allowing many to make their way home. Millions of Malaysians work in industrial and commercial hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Penang and southern Johor. While many cast their ballot...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/malaysia-ge-poll...

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