As of late, Malaysians will no doubt notice that the traffic situation within the greater Klang Valley area appears to have worsened considerably. With office workers now returning to physical workplaces in droves, traffic volume on highways have just about returned to pre-pandemic levels. And that is only exacerbated by constant roadworks and the all-dreaded flash floods. In which case, one would think that making full use of the local public transport facilities such as taking the bus would help alleviate that situation, just as KTM’s CEO had suggested.
2 hour wait for a public bus
In which case, one would think that making full use of the local public transport facilities would help alleviate that situation, just as KTM’s CEO had suggested. However, as local netizen Serafina Amelia points out, doing so comes with its own challenges too. Just recently, she had taken to sharing her own first-hand experience in waiting for a public bus to get to the MRT station located in TTDI from the Damansara Uptown area.
According to the clip uploaded to her TikTok, Serafina said that according to the schedule at the bus stop, busses were supposed to arrive in intervals of between 10 to 15 minutes. Despite that, she claims that she and her partner have both been waiting for almost 2 hours without a single bus in sight. An elderly uncle who appeared to frequent the bus route approached the couple, before informing them that the long wait times were normal.
“That’s why if you’re in a rush, it’s better to take a taxi.” the senior citizen adds.
Wave, or busses won’t stop for you
What’s more, Serafina was shocked to learn from the elderly uncle that bus passengers had to wave to oncoming busses in order to flag them down at the bus station. Otherwise, the busses would simply drive past without stopping as the roads were too busy.
“I was like ‘Huh? We shouldn’t do that. It should just stop no matter what.'”
By the end of their ordeal, Serafina and her partner were both completely exhausted and drenched in sweat from having to wait for the bus. However, she points out that this was a daily reality faced by the elderly uncle.
Drawing comparisons with her experience using public transport in other countries such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan, Serafina hopes that policymakers would begin looking into the concerns faced by Malaysians owing to such issues.
Hi, sorry for your experience. Might share what happened ya? How long have you been waiting for the bus? The bus route number and your waiting location? Thank you
— Ask Rapid KL (@AskRapidKL) June 6, 2022
RapidKL has since reached out to Serafina over Twitter and vows to look into the issue regarding the delays experienced at the stop.