Malaysia election: Elderly man, woman collapse and die while queuing to vote

A senior citizen fainted while waiting in line to vote in Malaysia's general election, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A senior citizen fainted while waiting in line to vote in Malaysia's general election, and was pronounced dead at the scene.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

PETALING JAYA, KUALA TERENGGANU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - An elderly man and a woman collapsed and died while waiting in line to cast their votes in Malaysia's general election on Wednesday (May 9).

In two separate incidents, 78-year-old Lor Voon Chor and 54-year-old Rokiah Sulong fainted and later passed away, it was reported.

Lor was at the SMK (P) Taman Petaling polling station in Petaling Jaya before he fainted at around 9.30am.

 

Lor, who was using a walking stick, was accompanied by his wife and son to the polling station.

"A policeman at the scene called 999 for assistance and a medical team arrived from the University Malaya Medical Centre. The medical officer at the scene pronounced the man dead at 9.45am."

"The deceased's wife and children said he suffered from heart and lung issues, as well as diabetes," district OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Zani Che Din said.

Rokiah Sulong had arrived at SMK Pulau Serai in Dungun to cast her ballot at around 8.20am with her eldest daughter.

She was waiting in line when she suddenly collapsed and is believed to have died at around 9.05am.

Rokiah's 36-year-old daughter Nur Zita Md Nor said she and her mother were in different queues when they got to the polling centre.

“She was semi-conscious but lost consciousness a little later and would not respond to my calls,” she said.

It is learned that Rokiah had a history of high blood pressure. Dungun OCPD Supt Baharudin Abdullah later confirmed the case.