Many voters will be travelling back to their hometowns before polling day this Saturday and an initiative is taking shape on social media called #CarpoolGE15
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Many voters from all over the country will travel back to their hometowns before the 15th General Election’s (GE15) polling day this Saturday, in order to cast their votes and complete their civic responsibilities.
In the past few weeks, there have been announcements of discounted plane tickets and additional trains for Malaysian voters. There are also free bus rides offered.
However, a few generous Malaysians are offering individuals rides beginning November 18. And it is all over Twitter in an initiative called #CarpoolGE15.
As many voters are eager to provide carpooling services or locate people who could offer them a ride to the same location in order to fulfill their voting obligations, please remember to take extra precaution. Especially ladies, please be vigilant and remember to prioritise safety before anything else.
According to Bernama, criminologist Datuk Shahul Hamid Abd Rahim urged people looking for carpool partners to be cautious when disclosing personal information, such as their address, because criminals are presently using a variety of strategies to lure victims.
This advice is for our own protection. These days, we must exercise extra caution since some people may prey on us, especially when we are in need. We don’t want individuals to become victims of theft or get scammed.Datuk Shahhul Hamid Abd Rahim, Criminologist
He added that while this initiative may provide convenience, it is necessary to make sure it’s legal and that it is advisable not to use it if they are unsure of the level of security.
Police’s GE15 operations director Datuk Seri Hazani Ghazali stated that the police, particularly the Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department, are always monitoring the service for the benefit of the people.
He did, however, urge customers to use public transportation if they had concerns about the ride-sharing options available.
The 38-year-old co-founder of #CarpoolGE15, Khairul Nizam Bakeri, stated that safety is always a top priority, despite the service not being officially registered with the government.
Alhamdulillah, there are no criminal cases involving drivers and passengers. We also share reminders and safety tips on our Twitter account from time to time. Most importantly, we often remind female drivers or passengers not to travel alone,Khairul Nizam Bakeri, Co-founder of #CarpoolGE15