Fellow Malaysians, here’s some fantastic news for the new year! As you may already know, the ferry ride from George Town to Butterworth is free for all Malaysians until 31 Dec 2022 and has received great response from Malaysians. But, guess what? The Penang state government will continue its free ferry ride program for another 6 months until 30 Jun 2023.
According to New Straits Times, State Infrastructure and Transport chairman, Zairil Khir Johari said the matter was in line with the state government’s move to extend the Mutiara Pass funding which was announced recently. “This means that Malaysians will continue to enjoy free public transportation in Penang. The funding of fares for pedestrians using the ferry services involves 65,000 tickets per month or a monthly allocation of RM78,000,” he said.
To enjoy the free ferry rides, Malaysian passengers only need to produce their MyKad to register in advance at the ticket counter and tap on the scanner provided by Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB) before boarding the ferry. If you are traveling from George Town, the speedboat takes you to Penang Sentral, Butterworth. For the speedboat schedule, please refer to the one posted on the official website here.
So, what are you waiting for? Looks like it’s time to make a trip to Penang!
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