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By Christopher Lidom
KUCHING, Nov 19: Malaysians have a long wait ahead of them as they await the results of the 15th General Election (GE15) tonight, opined Deputy Premier Dato Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.
According to Dr Sim who is Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) president and Batu Kawah assemblyman, it depends on the result and numbers of the polls because some polling centres will conclude their vote counting earlier and others later.
“So I hope everyone will be patient. For Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS), we will definitely try our best to make sure that Sarawak’s interests come first,” he told reporters after casting his vote at SJK Chung Hua Sungai Tapang Hilir voting centre in Batu Kawah today.
Dr Sim arrived at the polling center at 9.10am accompanied by his wife Datin Seri Eng Ong.
Commenting on the voting environment, Dr Sim said that it has been very peaceful and shows the maturity level of democracy in Sarawak.
“Of course we have a very good campaigning period, which at times it is emotional and many others, but it is up to the peoples’ wisdom to decide,” he added.
Meanwhile, Muhammad Alwi Tiong, 35, a visually impaired individual, fulfilled his civic duty by casting his vote for the first time in SJK Chung Hua Sungai Tapang Hilir poling centre in Batu Kawah.
When met by reporters, Muhammad Alwi, who was accompanied by his friend, Douglas Goh, 32, hoped that the new elected government after GE15 can lead the country towards a better direction.
“I came to fulfill my responsibilities as a Malaysian,” he said.
On another note, in SJK Chung Hua Sungai Tapang Hilir voting centre in Batu Kawah, voters were already seen queuing as early as 7am.
SJK Chung Hua Sungai Tapang is one of the voting centres for the Stampin constituency, and it is expected to see a total of 7,148 voters. — DayakDaily