Hari Raya: Buses and ferries fill up with homebound Malaysians and Indonesians

People queueing at the Queen Street bus terminal to take buses to Johor Baru at around 5.15pm yesterday. Coach operators Aeroline and KKKL, which offer services between Singapore and Malaysia, said their buses were fully booked for the day.
People queueing at the Queen Street bus terminal to take buses to Johor Baru at around 5.15pm yesterday. Coach operators Aeroline and KKKL, which offer services between Singapore and Malaysia, said their buses were fully booked for the day.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

The Queen Street bus terminal was busy yesterday with Malaysians returning home for the Hari Raya weekend.

But for one traveller the trip was going to be a very short one. Miss Nor Hayati Shamsudin was going to Johor Baru to fetch her parents, who live there, so that they can celebrate Hari Raya in Singapore, where she lives.

The 35-year-old said she normally drives to Malaysia but took the bus this time in case of a traffic jam at the checkpoint.

Bus operators Aeroline and KKKL, which provide trips between Singapore and Malaysia, said all of their buses yesterday were fully booked.

Ferry operator BatamFast, which offers an average of 64 trips a day between Singapore and Batam, said it has added an additional 12 each day ahead of the long weekend in anticipation of increased walk-in bookings from Indonesians working in Singapore who want to return home.

Revathi Valluvar, Mark Cheong

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2017, with the headline 'Buses and ferries fill up with homebound Malaysians and Indonesians'. Print Edition | Subscribe