In October, when the caretaker Prime Minister Ismail Sabri announced the dissolution of Parliament for the next general election, there were several voices from the public urging the Prime Minister to reconsider due to the possibility of floods.
Unfortunately, it seems that the #UndiBanjir is literarily happening in some parts of Malaysia, with voters queuing up in flood waters, waiting to cast their votes.
According to Bernama, voters at four polling centres in Limbang and Baram had to brave the floodwaters to cast their ballots in the 15th General Election (GE15) yesterday (19 November).
The affected polling centres were SK Telahak and SK Meritam in Limbang; as well as SK Dato Sarif, Kampung Narum, Marudi and SK Long Bemang in Baram.
Based on the information from the Sarawak Fire and Rescue Department (JBPM), flood waters at SK Meritam were reported to be one-meter high, while at SK Telahak at 0.6m and SK Long Bemang at 0.33m.
The viral videos and pictures that had been circulating online showed some elderly citizens being ferried on sampan boats, while others queue up in an orderly manner with floodwaters lapped at their knees.
Nonetheless, it was reported that the voting process for GE15 in the affected areas went smoothly.
Sarawak police commissioner Datuk Mohamad Azman Ahmad Sapri said that the police are working alongside with the Election Commission (EC) to ensure that the floods would not affect the voting process.
“As of now, I have not received any report but we will continue to update the situation. We will issue a statement after the voting process is completed,” he said.
Meanwhile, over the past two days, Perak, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, Pahang, Kelantan, and Sarawak, have all been affected by floods.