The Penang Port Commission (SPPP) and Penang Port Sdn Bhd (Penang Port) will provide complimentary ferry services on January 24 and 26 to facilitate travel for the Hindu community during the upcoming Thaipusam celebration. Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook announced that the free rides will be accessible from midnight on January 24 until 2 a.m. on January 26. This marks the first time the ferry service will operate 24 hours a day, aiming to alleviate traffic congestion on the island.
Upon arrival at the Pangkalan Raja Tun Uda ferry terminal, ferry passengers will receive a free Rapid Penang feeder bus service with stops at locations where devotees offer prayers. As shared by Minister Loke during a press conference, the final destination of the bus service is the Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple.
Simultaneously, Loke outlined the extended schedule for the Penang Rapid Bus, which will run from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. on January 24 and from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. on January 25. These arrangements are done with the sole aim of enhancing public transport accessibility, particularly during the festive season.
Source: The Malaysian Reserve