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Wednesday March 5, 2008

Armed Forces personnel cast their votes in Penang


PENANG: Armed Forces person-nel stationed in the state have begun casting their votes by post for the general election. 

“The army is apolitical in nature, but it is good to remember that we are part of Malaysia too. 

“We will be exercising our democratic right and casting our votes in four polling stations across the state,” said 2nd Infantry Division commander Mej-Jen Datuk Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor after casting his vote at the Tun Razak Camp in Bukit Gedong yesterday. 

He added that the other three polling stations were KD Sri Pinang in Gelugor, RMAF Base Butterworth and the Royal Malay Regiments 2nd Battalion (RAMD) Sungai Ara camp. 

The 51-year-old division com-mander has never missed voting despite being overseas during the last two general elections.  

“I believe that postal voting is the best way for the army to exercise their rights as we are unable to leave our posts on polling day,” he said. 

Mej-Jen Raja Mohamed Affandi added that Election Commission officers would also be on hand to accept votes from five battalions stationed along the Thai border. 

Over 4,000 members of the Armed Forces and their spouses are registered to cast their votes by post in Penang. 

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