KUALA LUMPUR – The Election Commission of Malaysia (EC) emphasized that the polling date for the 14th General Election (GE14) which falls on Wednesday (working day) is nothing new.
Based on records, the general election was held on working days in several occasion, namely, the first GE (1959) GE6 (1982), GE9 (1995) and GE10 (1999).
Therefore, the Chairman of EC Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah welcomes the government’s decision in declaring 9 May as an additional public holiday so that Malaysians can fulfil their duties as voters.
“It should not be turned into an issue with the declaration of public holiday,” he said in a statement.
Mohd Hashim also urged the employers to give special exemptions for their employees if they are chosen to be on duty during GE14.
Employers who need to operate during the polling day need to give an appropriate time for the voters to vote.
He said, employers who disallow their employees to vote can be fined RM5,000 or a year in prison if they are convicted in accordance to Subsection 25 (3) of the Election Offences Act 1954.
The EC has fixed polling date for GE14 on 9 May, early voting day on 5 May and 28 April for nomination day.
According to him, the early announcement for GE14 dates enable the voters to plan their journey. – MalaysiaGazette