Tuesday, April 16, 2013

GE 13: Zahrah Arshad ready to vote for 12th time

REMBAU: Zahrah Arshad may be 102 years old, but the frail senior citizen, who has 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren, is looking forward to voting for the 12th time come May 5.

The 13th General Election may just be her last, as Zahrah's vision is impaired and she can no longer walk unaided.

"My health was poor in the last polls (2008) and I did not vote then. But if I'm feeling good this time around, I will certainly vote.

"All I ask is for someone to take me to the polling station," she said at her granddaughter's home in Kampung Seberang Batu Hampar near here.

Dressed in a "baju kurung Kedah" and sarong, she said the 2008 election was the only one she had missed since the country achieved independence 55 years ago.

She is registered to vote at the Rembau parliamentary and Chembong state seat, the same constituency she had voted since she first registered as a voter.

Zahrah, a widow, is from Kampung Padang Lebar, Sungai Layang. Her late husband was a policeman.

She lives with her granddaughter, Noorbi Othman, 52, who has been taking care of her for the past 20 years ago.

Zahrah encouraged youth to register as voters so they would be able to exercise their right to vote.

Noorbi said she had been taking care of Zahrah since her mother and aunts died.

"She likes to reminisce about the past when food was scarce and how the government has changed Malaysia.

"She also reminds us of how our late grandfather had fought against the communists during the Emergency."

Noorbi said her grandmother was eager to vote since the dissolution of Parliament was announced.

*Taken from NST Online

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