KUALA LUMPUR: Most Myanmar nationals and Rohingyas here say they are hoping for peaceful polls in their country and that it will bring about positive change.
Aye Min Oo, 31, a construction supervisor, hoped the general election would not be marred by violence.
Aye said he supported National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi because “she listens and cares about the problems of the people”.
“This is a historic moment for my people and I wish that I could be there and be part of something that could bring about significant change to my country,” he said.
A tourist agency employee, who wanted to be known only as Ahmad, 44, said he still remembered the events that followed the 1990 general election in his home country.
“I pray that the result of this general election will be respected,” he said, adding that he also backed Suu Kyi.
Another Myanmar national, Min Min, 32, said it was hard for him to find a good job in a foreign country and hoped that Suu Kyi would help her people overcome this.
“I hope she wins. She will bring about change, more freedom for the people to work and less taxes,” he said, adding that if that happened, he would return to his homeland.
A facilitator in the Rohingya community, who only wanted to be known as Ibrahim, said Suu Kyi “understands us” and he believed she could help.
“Once there are changes in Myanmar, I will be able to go home to my parents whom I have not seen for 20 years,” said the 45-year-old.
Wei Mo, 60, said Myanmar had not seen much progress for the past 20 years.
“I support Suu Kyi because I want to see some changes,” he said.