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EC: Almost 60pct have voted up to noon


7:44AM May 5, 2013



2pm: A team of 18 foreign observers has been watching the voting process at various centres around Kuala Lumpur since this morning, reports Bernama.

Twelve of them – from Cambodia and Thailand – were accompanied by EC secretary Kamaruddin Mohamed Baria.

Observers from Indonesia, Myanmar and the Asean secretariat are also observing the 13th general election on the EC’s invitation.

Those met at the polling centre at SMK Seri Gombak described the process as “accountable”, also praising such features as the use of indelible ink and the vetting of voters prior to the ballots being marked.

Later today, they will be taken to the counting centre in Putrajaya.

The EC has also endorsed 1,200 local observers from 17 NGOs.

11.30pm: Segamat, Johor – An argument has broken out at SK Bukit Hampar after PKR’s Segamat candidate Chua Jui Meng surveyed the polling station and found an Umno member ticking off a name list of those who have voted.

NONEWhen confronted, the middle-age woman replied: “I’m just sitting here helping out my Umno branch for record.”

Chua rebutted: “Umno has no power to check. You cannot do this, it is against the law, you have no authorisation.”

The police officer guarding the station said he was unaware that the woman was tracking voters and thought she was only sitting there.

The woman has called her Umno bosses, while the police have also been called in and are on their way.

1:40pm: Segamat, Johor – The stand-off between Chua and the Umno woman continues at SK Bukit Hampar.

Chua: I saw voters passing you their identity cards because they thought you are an Election Comission officer.

Woman: I’m just helping, I didn’t do it, it’s someone from my (party) division that did it.

NONEChua: I saw you doing it with my own eyes

Woman: Yes, but that is the division’s. That person was the one checking, he has left.

The police arrived five minutes and concurred that it was an offence under the Election Offences Act.

“We will investigate once a police report is lodged. By right, those who allowed inside are only those with EC passes.

“For now we consider the matter resolved. We have asked her to leave and taken her details.

“It’s up to your side to make a report. Our priority today is to ensure there is no disturbance here,” said a police officer named Nasyim.

The woman later denied that the name list belongs to her, and the police urged her to also make her own police report.

1pm: About 58.99 percent of voters had voted nationwide by noon, at 8,245 polling centres. A total of 12,992,661 voters are eligible to vote, the EC has told Bernama.

Selangor had recorded a 58.95 percent turnout or 1.2 million voters up to 1pm.

In Negri Sembilan, the turnout was 58.3 percent of the 555,982 voters up to the same hour.

Malacca, as at noon, recorded 40 percent of 424,519 voters.

In Perak, 30 percent of the 1.36 million voters had voted up to 11am, while the turnout in Pahang stood at 29.44 percent of the total of 736,111 voters.

In Kelantan, it was 13.19 percent of the 918,573 voters up to 11.30am.

In interior areas of Sabah, such as Kampung Mangkasulap, Beluran, as well as in Penampang dan Kudat, polling centres closed at 11am.

EC: Almost 60pct have voted up to noon


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My respect to Tok Guru Nik Aziz for not demanding VVIP treatment and line up like normal people.




Voting at LaSalle school, Ipoh: A LONG queue




I followed directions…


It is 7.40 am when I join the queue.



 These people arrived soon after. The queue gets longer….


These people are in the queue for Room 3.


My room is 2.


When it is my turn, I cast my ballots and take a photo of my inked fore-finger….


Here are others taken later…




As I write this, the ink is still on my finger but not on my tongue.


I park 300 meters away and walk.

At the junction that turns into the road leading to the school, the queue begins!


The line of people begins BEFORE the junction!





It’s not 9.00am yet but the crowd has built up…



Malaysia decides, long queues at polling stations

7:44AM May 5, 2013


9am: Permatang Pauh, Penang –
Anwar says he is confident of bringing change to the nation if given the mandate.

He says he is satisfied with the election processs thus far, but that the siuation nationwide will have to be monitored.

Referring to a rumour that Dr Mahathir Mohamad has gone abroad, Anwar says he was told this as well.

“I wish him well (with) whatever medical treatment he is seeking,” he says.

Up to last night, Mahathir had been seen campaigning in Kedah.

9am: Permatang Pauh, Penang – Anwar Ibrahim says that, if there is no major fraud or cheating in the election process, both sides should accept the result.

NONEHe put his level of confidence at Pakatan winning Putrajaya as “52 percent”.

“I’m cautiously optimistic but since Najib had also coined the same term during his interview with Al-Jazerra, I will say we feel comfortable with the situation now.”

On alleged vote-buying in Ayer Putih, he says a high turnout would overcome the impact.

“I have met people who received the money but said they will still vote for Pakatan.”

Anwar also says Pakatan has a video recording of the last batch of ‘phantom’ voters who flew from Borneo on a Boeing 747.

8.55am: Gelang Patah, Johor – DAP’s Gelang Patah candidate Lim Kit Siang visits SJK(C) Pu Sze at Skudai together with the party’s Skudai candidate Dr Boo Cheng Hau.

Many Chinese voters are excited to see him.

“Mr Lim, can I shake your hands?” asks a young female voter.

One voter who does not recognise Lim is introduced to him by Boo.

She appears surprised when photographers surround her.

This is the first of six polling stations that Lim is due to visit today.

“The response was positive, very encouraging, but this is just the first polling centre,” he says when asked about his feeling.

Lim himself is not voting in this general election as he is not registered in the Gelang Patah parliamentary constituency.

Boo Cheng Hau, who is wearing a red shirt, tells reporters that this is his lucky colour for the day.

8.15am: Seri Delima, Penang: As early as 7.30am, 100 people have gathered at the Chung Hwa voting centre to cast their votes. Old age and disability fail to keep people away from doing their national duty.

DAP secretary-NONEgeneral and caretaker Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng arrives with his wife Betty Chew and his mother, Neo Yok Tee, 73.

Chew wears a white cap to cover her bald head, which she shaved on Friday to protest against vote-buying. Lim looks rather exhausted, probably due to the intense 15-day campaign.

8:06am – Subang Jaya, Selangor: The line at Sek Men USJ12 is about one kilometre long as the gate opens.

NONEAbout 3,000 voters came early to vote. Malaysiakini sub-editor G Umakanthan says he has never seen such a huge number of people coming out to vote this early.

The state seat falls under the Kelana Jaya parliament seat.

8.05am – Lembah Pantai: Long queues are reported at polling stations in this Kuala Lumpur constituency, which sees PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar defending her seat against a strong challenge from Umno’s Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin.

According to a voter, it may take about one hour to vote.

8.05am – Lembah Pantai: Long queues are reported at polling stations in this Kuala Lumpur constituency, which sees PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar defending her seat against a strong challenge from Umno’s Raja Nong Chik Zainal Abidin.


  • 5 May 2013
  • The Star Malaysia

Making their way home to vote

Bus and train terminals packed with voters eager to cast their ballots

KUALA LUMPUR: Voters are jamming up bus terminals and train stations around the country in their eagerness to make it back home to cast their ballots in the general election.

On the road: Vehicles going through the traffic snarl on the Gombak-Karak Highway.

A check at terminals like the Duta Bus Terminal, Putra Bus Terminal, KL Sentral and the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan showed the places to be buzzing, with most outbound buses and trains nearly full.

Among those making the long journey back by bus were university student Angel Yee, 22, and her 25year-old sister, Laura.

“We are very excited to vote since it is the first time for both of us. Although the bus tickets are not cheap, it is a price worth paying,” said Angel, who has been studying here for three years.

Laura, who is working in Singapore, said she had taken leave to join her sister to vote.

“We have no doubts about the voting process as there is detailed information online for us to read beforehand,” she said.

Manufacturing trainer Nurezzaty Abdul Majid, 25, who is also voting for the first time, said she was travelling back to Pendang, Kedah.

“My uncle, who is in the village committee, has been involved in elections before,” she said, adding that her vote would go to the candidate who could bring about a positive change to her constituency and improve the lives of people there.

Meanwhile, age is proving to be no barrier to S. Govindhamal. The 65-year-old is travelling alone all the way from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth to vote.

“I live here with my younger son and his family. But while they are registered to vote here, I am still registered in Alma, Butterworth,” she said.

In Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur-based film-maker Gary Chong, 26, is among those driving back here to vote.

“I’ve already checked my polling station and I’ll be voting in the Tambun parliamentary seat and Manjoi state seat,” said Chong, who had been gathering information on the happenings in his constituency via phone calls and the Internet.

Research analyst Siew Kah Mun, 26, who is driving from Penang to vote for the first time, said her younger brother and sister were also travelling back from Malacca and Kampar.

“I was so excited that I’ve been checking my polling station and other details frequently since last year,” said Siew.

In George Town, Rachel Yong, 22, who came back from Kuala Lumpur, said whoever won, she hoped that there would be more foreign direct investment.

Another first-time voter, paralegal G. Annushiar, 26, said she woke up early yesterday to drive from Kuala Lumpur to Bukit Mertajam.

In Perlis, engineer Phuah Jin Tat, who has been living in Singapore for 13 years, travelled 700km to Kangar to cast his vote.

“I took a 12-hour bus ride on Monday to avoid any traffic jam,” said the 34-year-old, who would be voting in the Kangar parliamentary and Indera Kayangan state seats.

In Kota Kinabalu, many Sabahans flew back from Kuala Lumpur to vote. They include multimedia student Khazri Shah Anuar, 27, who returned to Tambunan.

“I have never voted and it feels like going for an interview. I feel excited but nervous and I hope my ballot paper will not end up spoilt,” he said.

Making their way home to vote


Sunday, 5 May 2013: 1.30am.

I’m off at 7.30am to my polling center, the Mariaville Kindergraten ay Francois Road, Ipoh, to vote.

Going to try to be among the first ten to vote.

Will take some photos, maybe a video, and then off to another voting post to shoot some photos as well.

Then it’s time to report back here on the Post.

My first report should be at about 9.30am


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