Ticket prices for public transportation are roaring as they are getting sold out amid the 15th General Election (GE15). This shows that voters nationwide are eager to return home to fulfil their civic duty as a citizen by casting their votes in the GE15.
Several states such as Selangor, Negri Sembilan and Penang, have announced a one-day public holiday on the eve of the polling day to allow voters to return home. Meanwhile, the Higher Education Ministry (MOHE) has also announced a five-day leave for students from 17 to 21 November to encourage them to vote.
According to the observation by Bernama, various commercial bus ticket websites have shown routes towards the northeast and northwest territories of Malaysia were sold out.
Speaking to Bernama, a spokesperson said their bus tickets between 16 to 21 November have been sold out as voters had bought their tickets as early as the announcement of the polling date on 20 October to avoid missing out from voting.
Nonetheless, the bus operator said they will provide extra buses according to demand.
“Looking at our system, for the north we will add a bus, the same for the east coast. Glad to say, we will add one bus to each destination,” he was quoted as saying.
Train and flight tickets sold out too
Meanwhile, alternatives such as Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad (KTMB) have also provided additional special train services to East Coast and electric train services (ETS), with a total of 716 tickets offered for special train services and 2,520 tickets for ETS train services.
“According to the latest data on ETS and KTM ticket sales till 9 November, 93% of tickets have been sold for routes from Kuala Lumpur heading to Ipoh, Perak, while to Butterworth, Penang (83%), Padang Besar, Perlis (77%) while 96% of tickets for routes from Kuala Lumpur to Tumpat, Kelantan have been sold,” KTMB informed.
On the other hand, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) said it has increased the overall from 26 to 44 flights and upgraded its domestic flight services to use the wide-body A330 aircraft on several routes between Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.
MAS Group Chief Executive Officer Captain Izham Ismail said that the airline operator has seen a 7% surge in bookings over their daily average, with nearly 70,000 passenger bookings.
“We have also increased the capacity by 30% to main domestic destinations within Peninsular Malaysia such as Penang and Kota Baru as well as Sabah and Sarawak.
“There are 140,000 seats made available by optimising all of our fleets to support both air transport movements via Malaysia Airlines during GE15,” he said.