5th of May TooKay Thirteen. That is THE [‘duh’] date for you to mark your calendar for polling day in Malaysia. For those of you who are residing across the border (Singapore, Songkhla, Pattani (Thailand),Brunei Darussalam, and Kalimantan (Indonesia), you will have to come home at least on 1st May (Workers Day). The date was set and agreed upon by the Election Commission of Malaysia at its post-committee media conference this morning. Meanwhile, 30th April will be polling day for postal voters.
It’s so obvious that MyEC had chosen this ‘ong’ date. While most states observe Sunday as a weekend, some states like Kedah, Kelantan, and Terengganu have it as a working day. This means, schools affected by the closure for the polls will seek replacement class sessions. Anyway, upon hearing the announcement, you’ll plan your leave properly. I suggest 1st May. The express bus ticket counters will see brisker business with citydwellers, particularly from Pakatan-led states, such as Kedah, Kelantan, Penang, and not forgotten, Selangor go to their respective hometowns to cast their votes. The highways will see vehicles leaving KL and other parts of Malaysia jampacked. So, PLUS and all other highway concessionaires should release the traffic time advisories (TTAs) immediately after reading this blog (at least) for the benefit of motorists.
So, anyway, as the so-called indelible ink is reintroduced for this XIII MyGE (the 1st was in XII MyGE), I strongly advise all of you in here to go straight to the EC people to have your index finger marked. I wonder, will the manual ballot paper we normally see all this while be the last we ever seen before the new format of ballot paper debuts in XiV GE, slated for 2018?