It’s Chinese New Year and many had been grabbing this opportunity to go on a vacation. However, it was an unfortunate experience for those who visited Langkawi on Wednesday (2 February) after tourists were left stranded for hours at the ferry terminal.
Several videos and pictures showing the massive crowd of passengers had gone circulating on social media as they were stranded at Kuah Ferry Terminal in Langkawi.
According to the Malaysia Marine Department northern region Mohd Hafiz Abdul Majid, he said the incident was caused by the breakdown of a large capacity ferry at the last minute, hence the delay.
“There was a breakdown involving a large capacity ferry which led to passengers getting stranded at the jetty terminal.”
“However, all 423 passengers affected by the delay finally arrived at the Kuala Perlis Ferry Terminal at about 11.25 p.m. on Wednesday (2 February) by Express Bahagia 99,” he said.
The passengers were stranded at the terminal since 2:30 p.m. and the long and painful wait lasted for 8 hours. Looking at the massive crowd, many had concerns over the spread of the Covid-19 virus, as it was obvious that social distancing was not practised.
Meanwhile, a few of the passengers had quickly take it to social media to reveal the condition at the jetty terminal after the delay was announced.
In one of the video that went viral, some stranded passengers were seen to be in a verbal argument with the staff of the jetty terminal who allegedly did not allow the passengers to board the ferry at night without issuing any apologies.
Another video also showed the massive crowd of passengers stranded at the jetty terminal and of course, the SOPs were practically non-existent.
Fortunately, the affected passengers were able to make it home despite the 8-hour long waiting. Here’s a reminder for those who are going on a short vacation with your friends and family too, always adhere to the SOPs and conduct self-check regularly to avoid the spread of the virus.