Azahari exercises right as voter, although paralysed

SEREMBAN, 9 April (Bernama) � Despite being bed-ridden and has to move around in a wheel chair, Azahari Latiff, 53, will not allow his condition to prevent him from exercising his right as a voter in the Rantau state constituency.

Azahari, who is a police retiree and an early voter in the constituency, arrived at the Rantau police station, one of the two polling stations for early voters, at about 11 am in a MPV, with his son at the wheel, and then taken to the polling room on a wheel chair.

The other two polling station for early voters is at the Sendayan air base.

I have already set my mind to exercise my right as voter. Every voter should have that sense of responsibility. Since I’m not well, I have to be carried, my son took leave and I came, he told reporters when met after casting his vote.

A former Lance Corporal, Azahari is paralysed following an accident 10 years ago.

The early voting process began at 8 am at the polling stations at at the Sendayan air base and the Rantau police station.

The Rantau by-election, polling for which is on April 13, is a four-cornered contest among anaesthetist Dr S. Streram of Pakatan Harapan (PH); UMNO deputy president and former Negeri Sembilan menteri besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan of Barisan Nasional (BN) and two independent candidates, namely R. Malarvizhi, a housewife, and Mohd Nor Yassin, a former lecturer.

The by-election has been necessitated by the Federal Court dismissal of an appeal filed by Mohamad to set aside the Nov 16 Seremban Election Court decision declaring his unopposed victory in the 14th General Election (GE14) null and void.

In GE14, Mohamad was declared the winner of the seat after Dr Streram was prohibited from entering the nomination centre to submit his nomination papers because he did not have a pass issued by the EC.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)