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Updated: 05/05/2013 12:59 | By Channel NewsAsia

Malaysians in Singapore rush home to vote in polls

Malaysians in Singapore rush home to vote in polls

Malaysians in Singapore rush home to vote in polls

SINGAPORE: The Malaysian polls may have opened early Sunday morning, but for some Malaysians in Singapore, it still was not too late to make the trip home.

They caught buses out of Singapore early Sunday morning, in time to cast their votes back in their hometowns.

For some Malaysians, work commitments meant they were unable to leave for home earlier this week.

Ansari Hanif, a chef, said: "I got to work. I do the night shift, and I didn't get a ticket also. So I got the ticket early morning today."

Others, like Nurshamsiah Mokhtar, had to attend a family function on Saturday, and could only leave for Malacca on Sunday.

She said: "Because yesterday we had family weddings, and it's my uncle's. We are very close so I decided to go back this morning."

They were among a small number of Malaysians heading across the Causeway on the first buses leaving Singapore.

For some, making the last-minute dash home means they will not be spending much time with their families. They will be casting their vote and getting on the bus straight back to Singapore, just in time for work on Monday.

That is the case for Lim Jie Siong and his two brothers, who could not get bus tickets back to their hometown of Batu Pahat any earlier.

It is a three-hour journey each way, which means they will be back in Singapore on Sunday night.

Mr Lim, who works as a carpenter, said: "We wanted to buy tickets for Friday, but it was all sold out. Same for Saturday. There were tickets for today because most Malaysians have gone home."

Last week, some transport operators beefed up their fleet of buses to cater to the expected increase in demand for tickets, as Malaysians headed home for the polls.  - CNA/xq

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