The long-distance bus originally scheduled to depart on Thursday (7th) at Sungai Lemeng Bus Terminal in Penang Island was stopped before departure, and about 200 passengers were affected. According to government regulations, long-distance buses are prohibited from carrying passengers across the state from May 7 to 10.
It is reported that these passengers are the first batch of applicants who applied for and were approved to leave their hometowns and return to their workplaces across the state through the GerakMalaysia app.
Billion Stars manager Yao Wenliang said that in fact, the long-distance bus provides transportation services to passengers who need or hold a pass during the line management order. “On Thursday, we also provide services to passengers approved by GerakMalaysia, but were notified at 0:00 on Thursday that all long-distance buses are prohibited from carrying passengers across the state by land public transport agencies.”
He said that not only was the Kuala Lumpur station closed, passengers in Penang and Johor Bahru were also affected. On Thursday morning alone, its company had five buses affected, and more than 60 passengers had to change their departure dates; there are also buses at 5 pm and 10:30 pm, and passengers will need to be notified one after another.
He said that it was only after he learned from the relevant authorities that he was informed that from May 7 to 10, those who were approved to return to their hometown or work place in GerakMalaysia must drive by themselves (excluding motorcycles), with a maximum of one vehicle4 Individuals cannot take long-distance buses.
Passengers can only change the date
Passenger Mohaman Allah said that he is a national employee because he previously prohibited interstate operations, so he waited until the government opened the application to buy tickets. He was originally planning to book a ticket to return to Klang’s workplace to resume work, and found that all long-distance buses were prohibited from carrying passengers across the state.
Mr. Zheng said that after obtaining the company’s letter, he ordered the No. 7 ticket to the workers so that they could return to Kuala Lumpur for work. However, before transporting workers to the station, I received a call from the bus company temporarily, saying that the four-day long-distance bus cannot cross the state to carry passengers, only to come to change the date.
Lin Zhiyi, chairman of the Penang Long-distance Bus Association, said that the government was confused in this regard and did not give a clear account of the matter. The temporary suspension notice caused many passengers to complain.
He believes that if the government can inform in advance, at least a lot of passengers will be able to make other arrangements in time. He will write to the Ministry of Communications on this matter, asking the government to give the industry an explanation.
In any case, he said that according to the latest news, all passengers must wait until the 10th or 11th to return to their hometown by car. The correct date is yet to be released by the Ministry of Transport.
To and from the township, simply apply through GerakMalaysia
Earlier, Defense Minister Datuk Seri Ismaili Shabiri announced that the government would approve four-day consecutive days from May 7 to 10 to approve those who were trapped in their hometowns to return to their place of work. In other words, people do not need to report to the police, they only need to apply through the GerakMalaysia app, and once approved, they can depart on the relevant date.
According to the government’s timetable for returning home or returning to work: departure from Kuala Lumpur on May 7; departure from Perak, Johor or Kelantan on May 8; departure from Perlis, Kedah on May 9 , Penang, Malacca or Pahang; depart from Selangor, Negeri Sembilan or Terengganu on May 10.
Datuk Huzir, Director of the Criminal Investigation Department of Bukit Oman, has stated that according to the notice issued by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, these approved returnees are prohibited from taking long-distance buses or motorcycles. “If they need to return to East Malaysia from May 7th to 10th, they must apply to the states through the online connection before ordering the ticket.