GE15: Lukewarm response from university students on polls announcement

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 11 Oct 2022

PETALING JAYA: With the new academic semester resuming and the dissolution of parliament, some students are hesitant to go back to their hometowns to vote, though acknowledging their responsibility.

Despite being a first-time voter, Terengganu-born Muhammad Luqman Hakim Mahari, 22, was not excited for GE15 as he had a lot on his plate as a final year student.

Muhammad Luqman who studies in Kuala Lumpur was worried that he might be stuck at his hometown due to floods if he returned home to vote.

"Usually in Oct and Nov, we are busy preparing for floods but now we have to think about the election.

"I pity the elderly," he said.

He added that other students who were unlucky might just not go back to vote as they needed to travel back to their home towns which would cost some amount of money.

"It is speculated that the polls will be in November which we will already be in our mid-semesters.

"Our schedules might be so hectic that some will opt to not go home and vote," he said.

A 22-year-old named Siti, had not bought her ticket back to Sarawak from her university in Kuala Lumpur.

She said she would not be returning and was not following the political developments back at her hometown.

As ticket prices might fluctuate and she would be bombarded by assignments, she was opting to not vote in the election.

Eighteen year old Sarawakian Sharifah Aina Batrisyia Syed Alsagaf said she would be returning back home to Sebuyau for the polls.

She would be travelling from her university in Gambang, Pahang, and said she was excited to exercise her right as a Malaysian.

Earlier on Monday (Oct 10), the Prime Minister had said that the King had given his formal consent to dissolve Parliament, paving the way for GE15 to be held within 60 days.

The date for GE15 has yet to be determined as of press time.

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