‘I do not fear Covid-19, I’m here to exercise my right to vote’

Lau (in wheelchair) getting her identification verified before voting.

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, Dec 18: “I’m not afraid of Covid-19, I’m here to exercise my rights as a voter”, says an 88-year-old voter in N13 Batu Kitang.

Lau Hie Ing, who came in wheelchair to SK Garland, Everbright Estate polling centre at 9.02am, was among the few in a sparse crowd of voters this cloudy morning.

As of 9.30am, not many cars were parked around the vicinity and traffic was still smooth.

Voters leaving the SK Garland polling centre for Batu Kitang after completing the voting process.

The voting process at the centre was smooth as it would take only about seven to eight minutes for each voter to check-in, cast their ballot paper, and come right back out.

According to one of the voting officers stationed at the centre, there was a small batch of voters who started queuing up outside the gate as early as 7am.

In terms of Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs), voters were more than familiar with the regulations and guidelines.

Police personnel and voting officers were scattered around the polling centre to guide voters along the way and ensure an uninterrupted voting process.

Standard procedure to check-in through MySejahtera at the entrance.

Meanwhile, GPS candidate for N12 Kota Sentosa Wilfred Yap Yau Sin went to the polls at 8.50am to cast his ballot.

Also expected to cast his vote at the same venue later today is Batu Kitang incumbent Lo Khere Chiang. — DayakDaily

Yap waves to the press while approaching his designated voting room.