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Malaysian netizens offer to cover travel costs to cash-strapped voters

AS election fever picks up in Malaysia and with polling day set mid-week on May 9, several netizens in the Southeast Asian country have banded together to crowdsource funds and transportation to help their fellow countrymen exercise their right to vote. The hashtags #PulangMengundi (return to vote) to provide funds for flight and bus fares, and #CarpoolGE14 to arrange shared vehicle rides back to voters’ constituencies, began to emerge on Tuesday within hours of the Election Commission’s announcement that polling date would fall on a Wednesday next month. I'm happy to see Malaysian hype up to help everyone in need this #GE14.We have 1) #PulangMengundi to help those who need funds to go back to GE.2) #CarpoolGE14 to help those who need transportation. Our differences makes us stronger. #Malaysia — Anakin (اناكين) and 227 others (@mimierhmn) April 10, 2018 Many netizens and activists alike took to Twitter and other social media websites to air their grouses over the set polling day, which has just been declared a public holiday. Some expressed frustration that they would not be able to return to their faraway hometowns where they are registered to vote simply because they do not have the means to do so, or found it hard to get leave from work, given the timing. SEE ALSO: Malaysia goes to polls on May 9 A Malay Mail Online digital editor Joe Lee (@klubbkiddkl) had helped create the #PulangMengundi after finding Iggy Amabel’s shared that returning to her hometown was not as easy as thought. Iggy said a ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Ranau, Sabah, would set her back about RM700 (US$180), which was a high sum for her. I’m really awed by #PulangMengundi ! Malaysians are so generous. Would love to help but not sure how yet. But putting aside some money to... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Malaysian netizens offer to cover travel costs to cash-strapped voters, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Malaysian netizens offer to cover travel costs to cash-strapped voters

 

 

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Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Wednesday, 11 April, 2018

 

 

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