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Updated: 03/27/2013 05:24 | By Channel NewsAsia

Bus fare discounts to encourage Malaysians to return home for election

Bus fare discounts to encourage Malaysians to return home for election


Bus fare discounts to encourage Malaysians to return home for election

SINGAPORE: Some Malaysians in Singapore are working with an agent for private buses to offer discounts to Malaysians returning home to vote in the general election when it’s called.

Director of Easibook.com, William Lee sells bus tickets for bus companies plying the routes between Singapore and Malaysia.

The Malaysia government has set up a postal voting system for the election, which needs to be held before June.

But Malaysians residing in Singapore are excluded from this system.

So a Singapore representative of Jom Balik Undi, an online organisation set up to encourage Malaysians to vote, has struck a deal with a private bus company to offer Malaysian voters a 10 per cent discount off bus fares.

So far, more than 100 people have registered their interest on William Lee’s website since last week.

Lee said it will send them a discount code once polling day is announced and he expects sales to go up by 30 to 40 per cent during that period.

There are some 300,000 to 400,000 Malaysians residing in Singapore. The agent said it is collaborating with more than 10 bus companies, which can offer 200 to 300 trips a day.

Lee said: "This is a win—win situation. When participating in this programme, we hope that we can help Malaysians to go back to vote at a cheaper price, and we can ensure them with enough transport for them to go back. Secondly, we hope they come back again to buy our tickets in future."

— CNA/ck

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