02 May 2013 14:30
Malaysian artistes head home for election

Malaysia goes to the polls on May 5 and for Malaysians living abroad who have not already cast their votes, they are encouraged to return home to do so this weekend.



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Text: Kymie Hwang and Ilsa Chan
Photos: xinmsn


Malaysia goes to the polls on May 5 and for Malaysians living abroad who have not already cast their votes, they are encouraged to return home to do so this weekend.

Overseas Malaysians have initiated the “Jom Balik Undi” (Come home and vote) campaign urging their fellow countrymen to return home to vote during the 13th General Election.

The ruling coalition Barisan National (National Front) is facing a formidable opposition Pakatan Rakyat (People’s Pact) which has gained ground with promises to end corruption and authoritarianism, and many observers say it’s hard to predict the eventual winner. 

Overseas Malaysians expect this to be a close race, and every vote counts. Some tour operators that operate coaches between Singapore and Malaysia say, most Malaysians choose to travel on May 3, two days before polling day and ticket sales are going faster than during the Lunar New Year season.

Mr Tan Boon Huat, general manager of Grassland Express & Tours Pte Ltd told Channel NewsAsia, "In my 30 years in the business, after so many general elections, I've never seen customers so eager to get tickets."

It has been estimated that there are about 300,000 to 400,000 Malaysians working in Singapore, and many of them are planning to go back to Malaysia to vote.

xinmsn spoke to some Malaysian artistes in Singapore to find out their thoughts on this year’s election.

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