YAN - Ninety-seven-year-old voter Ng Ken was an instant celebrity on polling day in Sungai Limau, attracting the attention of both politicians and members of the public.
Believed to be the oldest voter in the constituency, Ng was immediately swarmed by press photographers and people the moment she was wheeled into SJK(C) Aik Min in Sungai Limau Luar by her daughter-in-law, Ooi Siew Luan, 53.
Despite her advanced age, Ng, who donned a white shirt decorated with blue flowers for the occasion, seemed energetic, even smiling and waving at the crowds.
Her long white hair was neatly put up with a green hair clip. She also shared a light moment with some of the younger voters she recognised and posed for pictures.
Asked why she had decided come out to vote yesterday, Ng, who was originally from Fujian province, China, said in Hokkien that it was laujuak (merry).
"I'm happy today," she said, stressing that it was important for all voters to cast their votes regardless of their age.
Saying that she had forgotten how many times she had voted in the general election, Ng cheerfully dismissed the idea of being "around" for the next polls.
"Cannot lah, I'm already old. How can (I vote in) another five years?" she said, drawing laughter from those present.
Ng first came to Malaysia when she was 20 years old, working in the paddy fields to raise her six children after her husband passed away.
The great-grandmother currently lives with her children in Penang, returning occasionally to her old houses in Sungai Limau Luar and Alor Setar.
Some of Ng's children, including her two sons, Yoo Chau Kia, 68, and Eiew Gim Geok, 55, their spouses, as well as other family members had also come back to their hometown for the by-election.
Ooi said the senior citizen had never missed out on her duty as a citizen, adding that she was "still strong".