GEORGE TOWN, April 11 — The Penang government may declare a public holiday for the state on May 9 if Putrajaya does not, said caretaker chief minister Lim Guan Eng.
Lim urged Datuk Seri Najib Razak to announce a public holiday then so that voters could travel back to their constituencies and vote in the general election.
“Even though the Elections Act specifies that employers must allow their workers time to go to vote, some workers who are working far from their voting stations in another state will not be able to go back to vote,” he said.
He said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad declared a public holiday for the 1999 general election as polling fell on a Monday.
Lim said failure to declare a holiday for weekday polling would fuel suspicion that the move was to reduce voter turnout.
The Election Commission announced yesterday that nomination will be held on April 28 (Saturday) and polling on May 9.