State polls: Low voter turnout in Selangor a cause for concern


KLANG: The low voter turnout in Selangor is raising concerns with many saying that for Pakatan Harapan to retain its hold on the state, the ratio of Malay and non-Malay voters must be equal.

At the time of writing, turnout was just 51%.

PKR treasurer-general William Leong said the turnout could have been low during the early part of the day because many voters were still at work.

"Not everyone is off from work on Saturdays.

"Hopefully, the turnout will be better later in the afternoon," said Leong, who is also Selayang MP.

He urged the Selangor electorate to come out and vote to safeguard their interests and ensure the state and Federal governments are on the same page.

Selangor PAS secretary Roslan Shahir said people may not be coming out to vote in protest of Pakatan.

"And they also do not have the heart to come out and vote for Perikatan Nasional," said Roslan.

According to Roslan the turnout of Malay voters in the state was also low.

"We are already mobilising our people to go around, especially in the rural areas, and offer people transportation to come out and vote," said Roslan.

Former Bandar Baru Klang assemblyman Datuk Teng Chang Khim said he believed voters were adhering to the Election Commission's suggestion of time slots for the various age categories to prevent congestion.

"It was only a suggestion and voters can go at any time before polling ends this evening," said Teng.

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