PUTRAJAYA, Nov 14 — The government today declared November 18 and 19 as public holidays to enable electors to exercise their right to vote in the 15th general election (GE15).
Caretaker prime minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, announcing this today, said November 19 was also declared a public holiday as there may be some companies from the private sector, especially factories, that will be operating on that day, making it difficult for their employees to cast their vote.
“The right to vote is a right guaranteed by the constitution and I don’t want a single person to be prevented from voting,” he said at the groundbreaking ceremony of Wisma Cuepacs (Congress of Unions of Employees in the Public and Civil Services) here today.
Also present were Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali and Cuepacs president Datuk Adnan Mat.
The Election Commission (EC) has set November 19 as polling day while early voting is tomorrow.
On November 7, Cuepacs had proposed to the government declare a special public holiday on November 18 to facilitate the movement of Malaysians to polling locations for GE15, and the next day, Ismail Sabri reportedly said the proposal would be considered. — Bernama