17 November 2022
The country’s main transportation hubs are seeing a hive of activity since noon today as voters head home for polling day.
Bernama reported that check-in counters at KLIA in Sepang were busy handling passengers who had been queuing since morning for flights to Kota Kinabalu (Sabah), Langkawi and Alor Setar (Kedah), Kuching (Sarawak), and Penang.
In a statement, Malaysia Airlines Bhd said to ease congestion, it would activate its service recovery plan which would include the deployment of MH ranger volunteers to support operations at baggage handling centres and check-in counters.
At the same time, MAS also advised passengers returning home for GE15 to arrive at the airport at least four hours before departure to allow sufficient time for check-in procedures.
“Passengers are also encouraged to check-in via web and mobile applications to speed up the process,” the statement read.
Earlier, MAS said it would increase the number of flights to 44 from 26. It would also upgrade from 16 to 24 domestic services on A330 aircraft to ensure smooth and reliable connectivity for voters ahead of GE15.
At the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS), people also stood in long queues to buy bus tickets, with many heading to Kota Bharu (Kelantan) and Kuala Terengganu (Terengganu).
TBS senior operations manager Faizal Redza Redzuan said more than 23,000 passengers, including students from higher education institutions, were expected to depart from the terminal in stages from today.
At the KL Sentral station, the entrance to Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) and the electric train services (ETS) to various destinations such as Ipoh (Perak), Butterworth (Penang), Padang Besar (Perlis), and Kota Bharu (Kelantan) were crowded with travellers.
Several staff members of KTMB and auxiliary police officers were deployed at the entrance to ensure the smooth flow of passenger movement.
Meanwhile, Angkatan Belia Malaysia (Abim) is offering carpooling services from KL Sentral to 11 destinations in nine states. Those interested can find out more on www.myundi.info.
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