KUALA LUMPUR: The declaration of May 9 as a public holiday for GE14 polling day has left social media users divided, with some grateful to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, while others still unsure if it gives voters adequate time to return to their respective hometowns to vote.
Facebook user Ong Ah Boon said that the unexpected announcement does enable voters to cast their vote on a weekday.
However, Koa Ai Jiun pointed out that despite the day off, it would still poses a challenge for voters who have to travel home to their respective constituencies.
Yee Nyuk Sin said there is now no excuse for the people to spoil their votes.
Helena Rosalind Arlene Fernando said the public holiday must be made compulsory as not every employer would comply with the public holiday declaration.
Chloe Chen urged social media users to stop complaining, saying, "Just take it as it is and go vote… If no public holiday complain, give public holiday also complain".
Another Facebook user Zhee Meng, dismissed disparaging remarks as comments made by "keyboard warriors".
Tracy Yap pointed out that those critical of it should consider other states like Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah and Johor, where Sunday is a working day.
"Think of those people who work in shopping malls in the weekend while you have your rest day," Yap's comment read.
Cpe Cpe said that no matter what day of the week polls are held, Malaysians should exercise their right to vote.
Nominations for the 222 parliamentary and 587 state seats have been set for April 28.
Early voting for military and police personnel as well as voters living abroad has been fixed for May 5.
This gives political parties a campaign period of 11 days for GE14, four days fewer than GE13.