GE15: UTM ready 43 buses to help 1,600 claimants return to vote

JOHOR BAHRU: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has prepared 43 express buses to take its 1,600 students back to their respective hometowns to vote in the 15th General Election (GE15).

UTM Deputy Vice Chancellor (Student Affairs), Prof. Dr. Shamsul Sahibuddin said that the facility was provided in two phases, namely 35 buses last night and the remaining eight buses, today.

According to him, the claimants only need to pay a cost of between RM20 and RM50 according to the location of their respective hometowns.

“A total of 43 buses were used, some of which were owned by UTM, while the rest were commercial express buses that were rented.

“This effort is managed by the Student Representative Council (MPP), they have collected the names of students who want to use this service and UTM does not take any profit.

“On the contrary, the effort is to help the students return to their hometowns to fulfill their voting responsibilities on November 19,” he said after inspecting the process of the movement, here last night.

Meanwhile, Biomedical Engineering Bachelor’s Degree student, Atiqah Alias, 21, said that he was grateful for the services provided for making it easier for them to return to the village.

“Besides making things easier, this initiative also saves expenses because normally the price of a bus ticket to return to Penang is about RM75, while a plane ticket is about RM150.

“As a claimant, the cost is quite burdensome. So, when there is an initiative like this with a bus ticket price of RM35, it is very helpful,” said the second of the three brothers.

UTM Bachelor of Design and Technology student, Sim Yee Xuan, 18, who hails from Alor Setar, Kedah is also happy with the initiative provided by the public university.

“I am happy that UTM has an initiative like this because when I see bus ticket sales online, many of them are already sold out and even if there are, the prices are expensive because they are up for grabs.

“Usually to go back to Alor Setar, the bus ticket price is RM70, but through this initiative I only pay RM45. So it’s a surplus and I can also save,” he said who is the youngest of two brothers. – MESSENGER

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