Some one thousand low-cost flat dwellers in Jalan Sungai are casting their ballots over a three-day period ending tomorrow.
The project is undertaken by the Penang Women’s Development Corporation, but the entire process has won widespread acceptance among the residents, who have taken ‘ownership’ of the ‘elections’.
The tally by the end of the second day of balloting showed that residents had unsurprisingly voted overwhelmingly for improved maintenance and upgrading of the flats (lift maintenance, functioning water pumps for proper water supply, etc). This is unlike the Ampangan flat residents on the mainland whose top choice was a recreational park.
The total voter turnout is expected to be 65-70 per cent by the time polling is concluded tomorrow.
Read my IPS article here on the process.