Woman's thirst to vote puts her off balance

UMPAT - A woman nearly rode her motorcycle into a voting centre at SK Bendang Pa' Yong, near here, much to the surprise of election workers and security personnel.

Zabidah Daud, 51, seemed to be in such a hurry to vote in the Pengkalan Kubor by-election that she had difficulty controlling her motorcycle. She couldn't stop in time, either.

However, those manning the centre ma­naged to help her before she rode into the school compound.

Fortunately, there were not many people at the time as the centre was still closed. It was only 7.30am.

A sheepish Zabidah then rode away and parked her motorcycle nearby.

The housewife said she was in a rush as she had errands to run.

"There are so many things to do at home," she said.

"I thought I could just come and get it over with. I didn't even realise that it wasn't time yet," she added.

"No wonder the place was empty."

At the nearby SK Simpangan, 99-year-old Mek Musa was one of the early birds to cast her vote.

According to her 39-year-old grandson, Mohd Anizy Ismail, the nonagenarian had never missed voting in all the elections prior to this.

He said despite her age, his grandmother was healthy except for a hearing problem.

"Her memory and eyesight remain sharp."

Her decorum was good too. When reporters asked her who she had voted for, Mek pretended she did not understand the question.

When persisted, she muttered that her vote "is a secret".

The weather throughout the polling period was hot, but voters who thronged the 45 streams in 11 polling centres kept their cool.

There was friendly banter between suppor­ters of Barisan Nasional's Mat Razi Mat Ail and PAS candidate Wan Rosdi Wan Ibrahim. A third candidate was independent Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary.

At one of the polling centres, PAS muslimat members were heard shouting to Puteri Umno workers that they would never consider them as daughters-in-law.

Instead of getting angry or upset by the remarks, the young ladies in pink laughed them off and held their banners even higher.

A total of 23,929 registered voters were eligible to vote while 110 cast theirs in advance. According to the Election Commission, the turnout was 73 per cent, slightly lower than the 79 per cent at the May 5 polls last year.