KUALA LUMPUR – May 9, 2018: Despite initial protests against the Election Commission’s (EC) decision to have polling on a weekday, voter turnout in the morning appeared encouraging in certain areas, with long queues seen before polling stations opened at 8am.
Among those who turned up early at Sekolah Kebangsaan Cyberjaya 1 was Permodalan Nasional Berhad Group Chairman Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar and his family.
Another early voter at Sekolah Kebangsaan Bukit Damansara was Datuk Halimah Mohd. Said.
“I’m fulfilling my duty as a citizen. So I was here brightening early so I’m not caught up in a long queue.
“To my fellow Malaysians, please vote with your conscience and not with your emotion. That way the country will continue to progress.”
An elderly voter met at the same centre was Dr. Abdul Rahim Said.
The EC said that as of 1pm the voter turnout throughout the country was 55 per cent, lower than 2013’s 58.99 per cent by noon.
The number of registered voters is 14,449,200 and the EC is targetting a turnout of 85 per cent. The turnout in 2013 was 84.84 per cent, the highest ever in 13 GEs since 1959 while the percentage for 2008 was 74.98.
However a staggering 3.8 million Malaysians who are 21 years old and above as of last September have not registered as voters.
Most polling stations will close at 5pm.