Indonesians in Malaysia begin Raya exodus

Last Updated on June 11, 2018, 7:10 p.m.

PORT KLANG: Thousands of Indonesian migrant workers living in the Klang Valley have begun the long journey home across the Straits of Malacca to celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri this weekend.

Checks by the New Straits Times Press at the ASA Niaga Harbour City jetty today found that many Indonesian workers have waited since last night to book a ticket home.

Aldian Syah, 36, said he bought a ferry ticket back to his hometown in Aceh last week.

He said the cheap tickets and comfortable space in ferries made him choose sea transport over air transport.

“I have queued up since sahur. When I arrived, many people were already lining up to purchase their tickets,” he told the NSTP here today.


Ramadhani Marjohan, 47, said he did not regret his decision to purchase his ticket a week in advance.

“When I bought it last week, I didn’t have to wait long and I was confident there were still many tickets left,” he said.

Meanwhile, ASA Group executive director Azrin Shaari said this year, some 30,000 Indonesians will make the journey to their home country within the first six days of Hari Raya.

He said every day, the company deploys 15 ferries to transport 5,000 Indonesians to Dumai Jetty and Tanjong Balai Asahan Jetty in Indonesia.

“Every ferry can accommodate 400 passengers comfortably. If they are headed for Dumai, the journey takes three and a half hours and a ticket costs RM130.

“The journey to Tanjong Balai Asahan takes four and a half hours and costs RM140,” he said.

Azrin added that the company imposes minimum bag fees on Indonesian migrant workers as most of them were carrying bags of gifts for their loved ones back home.

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