PUTATAN: Voters were eager to cast their votes and practice their rights here, including a few who were wheelchair bound.
One of them, Sadiah Idris, 73, came with her daughter in law as early as 7.30am to fulfill her responsibility as a citizen of the country to vote. Both of them hailed from Likas.
“My knees are no longer strong and I have problems with stairs and cannot sit on the floor,” she says at one of the polling centre, SMK Putatan. She was wheelchair bound since 2018.
Sadiah says she hopes for assistance from the government as she depends entirely on her children for her sustenance, and that she no longer has a husband.
“After this, we are going to Likas. We have a lot of duties today. My son will be voting there,” she says.
The morning saw the polling centre at SMK Putatan busy with action as voters began arriving early, possibly due to the bad weather prediction made. Rain was expected in Putatan in the afternoon.
Also casting her vote in Putatan on wheelchair is Heslenni Kan, 68, who was accompanied by her husband, A. Manap A. Rahman, 72.
Heslenni could barely walk due to arthritis, her husband tells.
One of Putatan’s parliament candidate, Datuk Shahelmey Yahya, casts his vote at SMK Putatan which was around 8.40am. He was accompanied by his wife, Datin Dr Siti Noor Hayyat and his daughter who was casting her vote for the first time.
Shahelmey, who claims to have good sleep before election day, due to his busy schedule campaigning, feels that the effort has been worth it as he has managed to reach out to many people.
“Many have heard.”
He also feels happy by the turnout to vote at SMK Putatan.
“They have listened to our advice to come out and vote early due to the prediction of rain in the afternoon. This morning the weather is dim, allowing voters come out to vote. Looking at the situation at the polling centre, it also shows that there is a positive reaction. So I hope voters who have yet to come out to vote to come out before the polling centre closes at 5pm.
“Carry out your duties by making the right choice for stability of the nation,” he adds.