Making their choice: Taufiqur and wife Annisa Wahid casting their votes at the Consulate General's office in Johor Baru.
JOHOR BARU: Thousands of Indonesians working and living in Malaysia are looking forward to having a new president as they took part in their country’s polls.
Businessman Andilala Andijamal, 42, said both he and his wife were optimistic that the new president-elect for Indonesia would bring about changes and transform the economy.
“This is my first time voting outside of Indonesia as my wife is currently pursuing a PhD course in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia here.
“Indonesia is a country blessed with rich natural resources and I am hoping that the new president will be able to bring much needed economic changes and raise our standards of living,” said Andilala after casting his vote at the Indonesia Consulate General’s office here yesterday.
“Whoever wins, he should be firm in making decisions that will help Indonesia fulfil its true potential and emerge as one of the economic powerhouses in the region,” said Andilala, who has voted thrice before.
His countryman Faizin Hafifi, 59, said he hoped that the new president would have the interests of Indonesians living and working abroad at heart.
“This is the third time that I have cast my vote in Malaysia, where I have been working as a driver for the past 35 years,” he said.
An officer at the consulate, Taufiqur Rijal, said the city had been chosen as a voting centre for his countrymen living and working in the southern part of Malaysia.
There are currently 220,000 Indonesians living in Johor, 40,000 in Pahang, 25,000 in Malacca and 21,000 in Negri Sembilan.
Those who could not make their way to the consulate office, said Taufiqur, could cast their ballots via postal votes and drop box.
“We want to make it easier for them to vote.
“There are 312 drop boxes near the places where they were working and the election officers will give voters the ballot papers,” he said.
The presidential election in Indonesia will take place on Wednesday involving 185 million eligible voters.