Over the weekend, Malaysians nationwide were greeted with headlines depicting the struggles citizens faced to cast their votes for GE15, with many travelling miles out to their hometowns, marking their ballots from overseas and even braving flooded grounds.
One particularly attention-grabbing instance was shared by a Malaysian woman named Vivian who hails from Alor Setar, Kedah.
She shared via TikTok how she had flown a plane from Subang to Kedah to cast her vote. The post was essentially a gallery of photos documenting her journey, including the classic celup jari snap on her way back.
Thankfully, she didn’t have to do it all on her own.
The 24-year-old, who works at the Air Adventure Flying Club in Subang, asserted that it was a coincidence that a club member chartered the plane to fly from Subang to Penang on November 18. She noted that it was her employer’s idea, who said, “Why not just follow them and travel from Penang to Alor Setar the next day for voting?”
“This allows me more flexibility, since I can travel to the airport at my own leisure, bypass the airport line, dodge the crowds, and save a good chunk of time away from the heavy traffic,” she added.
Vivian, who began flying in May 2021 and obtained her licence a year later in May 2022, stated that she took off from Subang about 3 p.m. on November 18 and arrived in Penang at 5 p.m., tallying the total flight time at 2 hours and 15 minutes.
“I spent the night in Penang and left for Alor Setar the following day from Penang once more. My father picked me up at the airport, took me to the polling area, and dropped me off there again an hour later,” she explained.
In the final slide, Vivian added a photo of the plane touching down in Subang, marking the end of her successful journey to perform her civic duties as she urged others to do the same.
Talk about determination!