PETALING JAYA: PAS has called for the six states that are holding elections to provide free bus rides for students returning home to cast their ballot on Aug 12.
Its deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said such initiatives, which Kelantan is planning on carrying out, would help increase voter turnout, Berita Harian reported.
Tuan Ibrahim said that these free bus rides should not be perceived as a form of bribery by the Islamic party but as a tactic to encourage people to carry out their responsibility.
He also suggested for Putrajaya to regulate airfare prices, which are expected to spike leading up to polling day.
“I urge the government to monitor and control the ticket prices so that voting won’t financially burden Malaysians,” he was quoted as saying.
On Thursday, the Kelantan government said that buses will be provided for students in public and private universities who plan to travel home and vote.
These buses will ferry students to Kelantan on the eve of polling day and back to their respective universities after the election is over.
Selangor, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu will head to the polls on Aug 12, with early voting set for Aug 8.