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Malaysia GE13: Some Sarawak Christians unhappy with Sunday polling date

Published on Apr 13, 2013 2:35 PM

KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian Election Commission's decision to schedule Sunday, May 5 as polling day has drawn fire from Christians in Sarawak.

News website Malaysiakini reported on Saturday that the Christians in the state felt that the Commission had "forgotten" that Malaysia was a multi-religious and multi-racial nation where about 10 per cent of the 28 million of the population is Christian.

In Sarawak, the majority of the 2.6 million people are of that religion.

"Setting May 5, a Sunday, as polling day for the 13th general election clearly shows that the Election Commission (EC) is insensitive to the needs of the rural folk in Sarawak and Sabah who are mostly Christians," Mr Chong Chieng Jen, the DAP Sarawak secretary, was quoted as saying by the website.

"I received many complaints immediately after the EC announced the nomination and polling dates.

"It is causing inconveniences to our supporters, voters and even our volunteers," he was quoted as saying, pointing out that most rural natives were Christians with church services in the morning with many having to travel a long distances to vote.

"In addition, polling stations in some rural areas close at about 1 or 2pm," he said.