GE15: Immigration does not expect major increase in traffic from S'pore on polling day

JOHOR BARU: The Immigration Department is not expecting an increase in the traffic of travellers crossing from Singapore to the country nearing polling day for the 15th General Election (GE15) on Nov 19, says Datuk Seri Khairul Dzaimee Daud.

The Immigration director-general added that Malaysians in the island republic who are crossing over to vote are expected to start travelling home from Nov 16 before returning to Singapore in the evening on Nov 19.

“Unlike the recent Deepavali holiday, where the number of travellers doubled, the coming polling day will only involve local Malaysians crossing over.

“Some of our locals are already travelling back and forth every day, so we do not see any issues in handling this,” he said during a press conference at the Customs, Immigration, and Quarantine Complex (CIQ) Bangunan Sultan Iskandar (BSI), here.

Khairul Dzaimee explained that the huge influx of travellers during the Deepavali celebration included foreign visitors who had entered the country for a holiday.

There are about 200,000 daily travellers that cross through BSI and 100,000 travellers at the Sultan Abu Bakar Complex (KSAB) Gelang Patah, he added.

“At the moment, we have 1,200 personnel stationed at the BSI and 670 people at the KSAB.

“All of our personnel are also allowed to vote via postal ballots, and those who are voting physically on Nov 19 can also opt to work on shift,” he added.

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