Ferry terminal deserted as exodus ends


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 23 Nov 2003

The balik kampung annual event. This scene from the Puduraya bus station in Kuala Lumpur.

JOHOR BARU: The ferry terminals here were almost deserted after a steady exodus of thousands of Indonesian workers since two weeks ago. 

Unlike the sometimes chaotic scene at other exit points, the Stulang Laut terminal here only had a handful of travellers yesterday. 

A traffic controller at the terminal said more than 12,000 Indonesians left through the Stulang Laut terminal in the last two weeks and several thousands more via the Pasir Gudang and Kukup ferry terminals. 

He said those who returned home much earlier were those from faraway areas such as Jakarta and Surabaya in Java Island as they need several days of travelling before reaching their homes. 

“I have a friend from Telong Agung in East Java who would have to travel for two days from Tanjung Pinang to reach his hometown,” he said. 

He said those who left for home one or two days before Hari Raya were normally from Batam, Tanjung Pinang or Tanjung Balai. 

“These places are just about two hours away from here and obviously there is no reason for them to rush home early,” he said. 

He said there were 20 trips daily from the terminal to the two destinations provided by three ferry operators offering a total of 1,700 seating capacity. 

The Stulang Laut and Pasir Gudang terminals provide services to Batam and Tanjung Pinang while Kukup caters for those going to Tanjung Balai.  

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