JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Democratic Action Party (DAP) has urged the thousands of Malaysians working in Singapore to take time off work and return to their hometowns on polling day.
Its state publicity secretary Wong Shu Qi said unofficial statistics showed that some 300,000 Malaysians commute daily from Johor to the Republic to work.
She said on top of that, about 400,000 Malaysians work and live in Singapore.
"Most of them do not have high-paying jobs but work there because of the favourable exchange rate," she told reporters at the launch of Johor DAP's election hotline.
"We (political parties) cannot ignore the importance of their votes as they could be the key factor in determining victory," she said.
Ms Wong added that the Malaysians working across the Causeway did not just come from Johor, but from all over the country.
She said they are important as most Johorean voters working in Singapore are from towns such as Batu Pahat and Kluang as well as semi-urban areas such as Bekok, Tangkak, Paloh, Pekan Nanas and Jementah.
"It is up to our workers (in Singapore) to decide whether to take leave if polling falls on a working day," said Ms Wong.