Raring to tick those ballots to show who’s ‘in-charge’


PETALING JAYA: Despite the expected lower voter turnout, there are many who just can’t wait to cast their ballots in GE15.

First-time voter Amelia Wong, 18, is determined to make her voice heard through the ballot paper.

“Voting, in my opinion, is crucial because it will influence how our government governs and how well the economy does, which will affect Malaysians.

“We have witnessed a change in government repeatedly over the past four years, thus I believe a suitable transition is absolutely necessary for Malaysia’s development,” she said.

She added that she hopes the voting process will go smoothly so people do not have to queue up for too long to vote.

For Richard Felix Pereira, it will be a family affair as 12 people in his family will be going out to vote.

“The oldest is my mum who is 91 and the youngest is my nephew who is 22,” he said.

Arief Irsyad, 33 – who is currently living in Bangkok, Thailand – will be flying back to Malaysia to vote alongside his family.

“I still feel hopeful even though the whole situation surrounding our political scene is messy. We long for mature politics and long-term solutions,” he added.

As for why we should go out and vote, Arief feels it’s the mature and wise thing to do.

“It’s time to really show those in Parliament who exactly is in power. We vote you in, we can vote you out,” he said.

Soveena, 23, and her brother Tushar, 20, will be voting for the first time with their parents and grandmother.

“I’m very excited to make a change to ensure only the best stay in power to provide a better future for our people and tanah air (homeland),” she said, adding that she hopes that on voting day, nobody causes any commotion and that the polling stations are organised to avoid any congestion.

Soveena’s mother, Easwary Balakrishnan, 55, said she hopes that the voting centres have proper resources for older people as she will be bringing her mother Puspha, who is 76 years old.

For Jason Ong, the 70-year-old will be going out to vote together with his wife, three sons and two daughters-in-law in Subang.

“As a responsible citizen, I feel it’s my duty to vote for the right MP in my area to address issues such as inflation and the cost of living, so that senior citizens like me are not affected,” he said.

GE15 will see a total of 21,173,638 eligible voters.

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