Oldest voter casts her ballot in Rantau by-election

SEREMBAN, The oldest living voter in the Rantau by-election expressed her excitement for being able to cast her ballot paper in the polling day today.

Lijah Ismail, 98, who arrived on a wheelchair and accompanied by her youngest daughter, Rahimah Gholak, 61, cast her vote at 11am at the Taman Tuanku community hall in Mambau.

When met by Bernama, the mother of five looked healthy and in high spirit, as well as excited to carry out her responsibility that resulted her to wake up early so that she could arrive early to vote.

Lijah said she had never missed any election held in the constituency.

Despite being frail (due to old age) and not strong enough to walk without help, voting is an obligation, she told Bernama.

She also reminded the younger generation in particular not to forget to carry out their responsibilities as voters.

Lijah’s daughter, Halimah, said her mother might look frail from the physical aspect but her hearing was still sharp.

According to the Election Commission (EC) data, the oldest living voter in the state constituency is Sua Thye Pang, 120.

Voters aged 90 years and above comprised 0.56% of the total voters, while 2.53% are aged between 80 and 89 years, 6.13% (between 70 and 79), 18.72% (between 60 and 69), 19.69% (between 50 and 59) , 21.11% (between 40 and 49), 24.01% (between 30 and 39), and 12.25% (between 21 and 29).

The Rantau by-election today sees a four-cornered fight between four contestants – Dr S. Streram, 60, of Pakatan Harapan (PH), Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, 63, of Barisan Nasional (BN) and independents R. Malarvizhi, 51, a housewife, and Mohd Nor Yassin, 67, a former lecturer.

The by-election was called after the Federal Court dismissed an appeal filed by Mohamad to set aside an Election Court (EC) decision to declare his victory in the 14th General Election (GE14) null and void.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)