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Updated: 04/29/2013 22:01 | By Channel NewsAsia

Travel to Malaysia dips ahead of polls

Travel to Malaysia dips ahead of polls


Travel to Malaysia dips ahead of polls

SINGAPORE: Some tour operators in Singapore say sales of travel packages to Malaysia for this weekend have gone down by some 50 percent.

They say one reason could be due to the upcoming Malaysian elections on 5th May.

The destinations which have been hit hardest by the decline are Genting, Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

Operator WTS Travel said some travellers may want to avoid being caught in the heavy traffic into Malaysia.

Richard Lim, manager at WTS Travel, said: "I believe the traffic at that time will be rather slow, so a lot of them do not wish to be caught in the traffic. Thus, many will avoid travelling to Malaysia this weekend."

Travel operator Grassland Express and Tours said that the recent spate of election-related violence in Malaysia could have also affected travelling sentiments.

Tan Boon Huat, manager at Grassland Express and Tours, said: "Those who are more cautious will avoid travelling to Malaysia this weekend. We also advised our drivers not to park their vehicles near rally sites or at any of the party headquarters."  - CNA/xq

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