GUA MUSANG: Two sisters of the Temiar tribe were undeterred by a lack of transport to their voting centre 15km away. They walked all the way to the polling station at Kuala Betis primary school.
The two sisters took 30 minutes to make the journey to fulfil their responsibility as voters in the Gua Musang parliamentary seat.
Abok Jurai Rudin, 29, and her sister Andak Rudin, 38, walked along the logging road while carrying her four-month-old son, Mangroi Seni.
They said it was more convenient for them to walk. “We are so used to walking long distances, so walking to SK Kuala Betis is nothing to us. Furthermore, we use the logging road as the distance is shorter and protects us from the heat of tarred roads,” she said.
Upon their arrival at the polling centre, Abok and her baby were shown the priority lane for registration to cast her ballot.
In Alor Gajah, an Orang Asli man travelled 80km in heavy rain on his motorcycle from Jempol, Negeri Sembilan, to the Orang Asli settlement in Kampung Bukit Payung, Taboh Naning.
Enjer Doi, 33, said although the journey took two hours in heavy rain, he was happy that his responsibility as a voter were fulfilled.
“I work in Jempol and want to feel the atmosphere of voting here. It’s fun to go out and vote with other families,” he told reporters.