Hardly any rush to travel interstate at bus terminal

Spacing it out: People practising social distancing while lining up to buy bus tickets at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan in Bandar Tasik Selatan, Kuala Lumpur. — RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Terminal Bersepadu Selatan (TBS) at Bandar Tasik Selatan here is still devoid of crowds although interstate travel has been allowed since Wednesday.

There were passengers waiting to board to visit family members, but their numbers were few and far between.

One of them was Nicole Wong, who was waiting to board a bus to Ipoh to visit her grandparents.

“I usually see them once a month but since the movement control order was imposed, I haven’t been able to see them,” said the 33-year-old administration executive.

“I look forward to the food in Ipoh and now that outlets are allowed to open, I will go out and eat with my family.

“I think eating out will help the local economy recover as well,” she said.

Wong added that she did make a trip to Ipoh when interstate travel was allowed between May 7 and May 10, but did not visit her grandparents then.

“They’re in their 80s, so I was scared that I might be asymptomatic and infect them,” she said.

Kindergarten teacher C. Mageswari, 42, was travelling back to Taiping with her mother P. Meyavasee, 64, and her daughter N. Mathana, 18, after visiting her sick grandmother in Kuala Lumpur.

She said she was glad that Malaysians could now travel interstate.

“When we came here on Tuesday, we had to register at the police station to get the green light to travel interstate.

“Now we just need to buy a ticket to return,” she said, though she noted that bus services were less frequent than before.

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