Out-of-state Sabahans may not be able to vote in Saturday's polls

This could affect outcome for ruling party Warisan Plus

A member of the Malaysian military having his temperature checked before being able to cast his ballot during early voting in the Sabah state election on Tuesday. PHOTO: BERNAMA
A member of the Malaysian military having his temperature checked before being able to cast his ballot during early voting in the Sabah state election on Tuesday. PHOTO: BERNAMA

A large number of voters from Malaysia's Sabah state who live in the peninsular region of the country might not be able to return home to take part in the state's election this week, potentially affecting the voter turnout for the incumbent Warisan Plus, which is aligned with the federal opposition Pakatan Harapan.

An estimated one-fifth of all registered Sabah voters work in peninsular Malaysia, a 21/2-hour flight from the eastern state. Many of them cannot afford the return journey, with flight tickets at RM350 (S$115) on average, per person.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 24, 2020, with the headline 'Out-of-state Sabahans may not be able to vote in Saturday's polls'. Print Edition | Subscribe