Duty-free-island lonely, as Labuan folks travel to mainland

LABUAN– The duty-free-island comes to a standstill beginning today, as the Labuan folk leave for the mainland of Sabah and Sarawak for a long holiday of Federal Territory Day and Chinese New Year celebration.

And just like the past years, the busy roads that are used to seeing bumper-to-bumper crawls, are in-stead being occupied by motorists ‘cruising’ in their vehicles in relaxed mode.

Thousands of travelers mushrooming the roll on-roll off (ro-ro) ferry terminal, ferry express terminal and speed boat terminal to reach the mainland.

Students of Sekolah Menengah Sains Labuan, Labuan Matriculation College and University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Labuan International Campus were partly attributed to the high number of travelers plying across the sea.

Labuan police chief Supt Muhamad Farid Ahmad issued a reminder to traveler leaving their homes to notify nearest police stations via return home form for police mobile checks.

Labuan Fire and Rescue personnel launched a walk about for its CNY safety campaign distributing educational awareness leaflets to motorists.

The return home and mainland traveling fever was actually ‘a big no-no’ to business community here, as there will be less business to expect during this long holiday.

Several travelers told Bernama, the mass exodus to the mainland was also partly due to a number of retreats programmes in Sabah from various local firms, family day by certain companies and Sabah Motor Day.

“We take this opportunity to travel with family to Kota Kinabalu as the public holiday begin today till Sunday and continue our leave on Monday, before taking another CNY holiday until next weekend,” a traveler, Alfred Nikko Sibil said.

Source: Bernama