Early birds and hawkers come out in droves

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 17 Nov 2019

Sister act: Nurain Rozaini (right) and her sister Siti Nur Haryati Rozaini making their mark. — Bernama

PONTIAN: There’s a festive mood during every election and Tanjung Piai is no different.

There were voters waiting in line even before polling centres opened at 8am, with candidates from Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan among the earliest to vote.

Pakatan candidate Karmaine Sardini arrived at the polling centre at SK Telok Kerang near here at about 7.45am, accompanied by his younger brother Safeei Sardini.

Barisan candidate Datuk Seri Dr Wee Jeck Seng arrived at SJKC Yu Ming 1 and 2 in Pekan Nanas at 7.40am to cast his vote with his wife Datin Seri Lim Joo Hon, who is also a registered voter in Tanjung Piai.

Aminah Kasbi, 89, was among the first voters to arrive at the polling centre in SK Teluk Kerang here.

Aminah, who now lives with her children in Johor Baru, said she woke up at 4am to get ready.

“I couldn’t sleep well last night as I was very excited. I know who to vote for, ” she said.

Many elderly voters took advantage of the buggy shuttle service at SMK Dato’ Mohd Yunus Sulaiman in Pekan Nanas.

Not keen on missing out on making some money, many set up stalls outside the polling centres.

One of them, housewife Junaidah Yacob, 33, sold drinks and snacks such as senkuang calik (turnip coated with rojak paste) to the crowd coming at SK Serkat.

“I normally would just sell senkuang calik from my house at Kampung Tanjung Piai.

“But I know that there will be a huge crowd here, so I decided to set up my stall here, ” she said, adding that she would drop by the polling centre next door at about 3pm to cast her vote.

Bottled sugar cane juice sold by mobile trader Md Faridh Abd Malek was snapped up fast as campaigners battled the hot weather outside SK Pengkalan Raja in Pekan Nanas.

However, the sunny weather in the earlier part of the day turned into a sudden torrential downpour just over an hour before polling closed at 5.30pm.

This did not deter voters at SJKC Yu Ming 1 who brought umbrellas.

A voter, who only wanted to be known as Tan, said he had just rushed back from work in Singapore.

There were a total of 27 polling centres, involving 125 streams.

Of the 27 polling centres, 11 are in the Pekan Nanas state constituency and the remaining 16 in the Kukup state constituency.

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