Centenarian insists on voting despite recent surgery

Not missing out: Chung on a wheelchair at Likas Vocational College. She says she had been voting since the first election after Sabah gained independence.

KOTA KINABALU: Despite having had an operation on her feet hardly a week ago, a centenarian insisted on fulfilling her citizen’s duty in the state election.

As 100-year-old Chung Kui Ching was scheduled to go for a dressing on her operated feet at 1pm, she and her family turned up early at the Likas Vocational College.

“My feet are fine. Besides, I have my family wheeling me here and so there’s no problem for me to vote,” said the lively lady.

Chung, who has eight children, 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, said as far as she remembered, she had been voting since the first election after Sabah gained independence.

“Voting is for the future of our future generation, for our country.

“I am 100 years old and I don’t know if I’ll have the chance to see the next election.

“I hope the younger generation will know the importance of voting, that their votes contribute to nation-building,” she said.

Retired businessman Bart Chin, 80, flew back from Melbourne just over two weeks ago so that he had enough time for the 14-day quarantine before casting his vote in the Api-Api seat.

“I feel that it’s my responsibility to cast my vote so I returned in time to undergo quarantine and come out to vote on polling day,” he said.

He was in Melbourne to visit relatives.

Chin said he had never failed to vote because it was what a citizen should do.

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