With the current state polls ongoing, Malaysians are heading to polling centres in several states to cast their ballots.
However, it seems that authorities at certain centres have decided whether one is eligible to vote based on their clothing despite the lack of official guidelines on what you can or cannot wear at a polling centre.
According to Sin Chew Daily, a voter who was going to vote at a polling centre in Berapit, Penang was allegedly ordered to return home and change his attire after he was found to be wearing pants that didn’t cross the knee.
Heng Lee Lee, the incumbent looking to defend the Berapit seat, said the voter had arrived at the polling centre at 7:45 am but was forced to go home due to his attire.
“When my campaign team heard about the incident, we immediately went to the polling centre and spoke to the person in charge, where we presented evidence that the Election Commission (EC) did not implement an attire guideline.”
“The person-in-charge subsequently recognised the mistake and no longer prevented those who wore short pants from voting,” she added.
Meanwhile, Heng slammed the moral policing going on by certain individuals and said that this was an example of how extremist ideologies in action. She also added that the incident would’ve set a dangerous precedent.
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