JOHOR BARU: People planning to balik kampung have already started buying bus tickets to their home towns ahead of the upcoming festive rush.
Among them is Nur Aliya Natasha Nordin, 36, who hails from Perak.
She bought her bus ticket home to celebrate Hari Raya with her family as soon as her leave was approved.
“I think it is safer to get the ticket early before it is sold out,” she said at Larkin Sentral here.
Bank officer Nur Adilah Nur Azmi, 25, said she was planning to buy a bus ticket to Seremban by next week.
“This is the first time I am going back to my hometown from Johor Baru since I was transferred here in January.
“I do not want to risk buying it at the last minute,” she added.
Hamiza Abdul Razak, 29, who had recently moved to Johor Baru to look for a job, said she would be buying her ticket to Pahang at least a week before Hari Raya.
“That’s the earliest I will be able to confirm when I can go back to my hometown.
“I think a week before Raya is still okay to get my ticket but any later would be too late as they may be sold out by then,” she added.
A check at the counters at Larkin Sentral showed that tickets are still available to most destinations.
A clerk, who only wanted to be known as Hisham, said tickets were expected to start selling fast about one week before Hari Raya.
“Tickets to Kuala Lumpur and Penang are expected to be sold out first as that was the trend in the years before.
“Tickets for destinations around Johor usually will only be sold out about a day or two before Raya,” he said.