TRANSIT has taken note that another Balik Kampung period has started in Malaysia.
While some people have taken to their cars or buses & trains immediately, others are waiting for the last minute (or waiting for the congestion to reduce).
With the aligning of Hari Raya Aidilfitri and the 54th Merdeka day, this Balik Kampung period is proving to be both interesting and exciting – but sadly it has so far been as deadly as usual.
You may be interested in reading the following articles:
- ‘Do not buy express bus tickets from touts’ (NST, 26 August 2011);
- Bus terminals in Klang Valley yet to experience heavy traffic (The Star, 27 August 2011);
- A rail Hari Raya trip for families heading to east coast (The Star, 27 August 2011);
- MB: More promotion for using public transport next year (The Star, 27 August 2011) – [TRANSIT: How about more promotion of public transport in general in Selangor state? Maybe some improvements to facilities in Klang, better community bus service, Bus Rapid Transit in Klang and Shah Alam, revival of bus services in communities that have lost them … etc. Oh, and wouldn’t it be wonderful to have an integrated transport terminal in Shah Alam. Maybe even a temporary one?];
- Poor demand for extra buses this festive season (The Malay Mail, 29 August 2011);
Also, please take note of the following important information:
- A list of legitimate bus companies is available at the SPAD website [TRANSIT: We don’t actually know where the list is, but if SPAD says it is there, then we will encourage the public to look];
- SPAD had approved permits for 2,198 additional buses to cater
for this year’s “balik kampung” rush compared with 1,563 last year;
- SPAD is carrying out a crackdown on touts at Puduraya, Bandar Tasik
Selatan terminal, KL International Airport, Low Cost Carrier Terminal as well
other terminals outside Kuala Lumpur;
- The public are encouraged to provide information or file complaints against
express bus services to SPAD via e-mail at email@example.com or hotline at
- Touts face a maximum RM50,000 fine or five years jail or both under the Land Public Transport Act 2010, if found guilty;
As always, stay safe on our roads.