news

Stranded Malaysians Can Now Travel Back Home On Buses & Motorcycles With A Valid Permit

Bus operators have announced that tickets are now open for bookings.

Cover image via Travellog via JUICE & Johor Now

The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has allowed Malaysians to travel across states via buses and motorcycles

Bukit Aman's Crime Investigations Department director Datuk Huzir Mohamed made the announcement yesterday, 7 May, after noticing that highways and federal roads were not congested with vehicles, reported Bernama.

"Members of the public who use land public transportation or motorcycles must get permission for interstate travel from the police through the Gerak Malaysia application or manually from the nearest police station," said Huzir.

"The interstate travel is only for people who are stranded in their hometowns and want to return to their homes or those who are going and returning for work purposes only."

The announcement was made around 7pm yesterday.

Photo for illustration purposes only.

Image via Zulfadhli Zulkifli/New Straits Times

Following the announcement, many bus operators took to Facebook to announce that their services have resumed

Among them are Billion Stars Express and TOP Liner.

"Bus tickets for 8 to 10 May 2020, the bus will operate as scheduled and sold," wrote Billion Star Express on Facebook.

A check on its website found that the bus operator adheres to the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) by operating its service in "half capacity". There is an empty seat between every available seat for purchase.

A bus operating in half capacity in compliance with the social distancing measure.

Image via Astro Awani

Those with valid permits are allowed to travel back home from 7 to 10 May

However, the rakyat is only allowed to travel across states following the schedule set by the government and after they receive approval from the Gerak Malaysia application or the nearest police station:

- May 7: From KL to other states in the Peninsula
- May 8: From Perak, Johor, and Kelantan to other states in the Peninsula
- May 9: From Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Melaka, and Pahang to other states in the Peninsula
- May 10: From Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, and Terengganu to other states in the Peninsula

Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said petrol stations along the highways are open from 6am to midnight, while food stalls and suraus at the Rest and Relaxation (R&R) stops are closed, reported New Straits Times.

Only restrooms at R&R stops are open, but only one person per vehicle can use the restroom at a time.

"If only one person needs to use the toilet, and if there are four people in the vehicle, the three others must remain in the car and the authorities would be present in the R&R to ensure compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs)," said Ismail on Wednesday, 6 May.

Remember to #JustStayAtHome. Watch the latest update on the COVID-19 situation:

Read more COVID-19 stories on SAYS: