Monday, 16 April 2018 | MYT 2:50 PM
RM110,000 raised for buses and travel subsidies for out-of-town voters
KUALA LUMPUR: A group of concerned citizens have raised RM110,000 from public donations to help outstation Malaysians return to their hometowns to vote during GE14.
The initiative by UndiRabu.com and PulangMengundi.com now has enough funds to charter 16 buses that will leave from Kuala Lumpur, Johor Bahru and Puchong, Selangor to various states.
Also provided are travel subsidies and carpooling for the public.
PulangMengundi.com co-founder Timothy Teoh said they started the initiative because some had posted on social media that they did not have enough money to travel to their hometowns to vote.
Teoh said at a press conference at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) on Monday (April 16), that more than 25,000 people have visited the PulangMengundi.com site since April 13.
KLSCAH youth section chairman Lee Wai Hong claimed that their initiative did not contravene the Election Offences Act 1954.
"Some have said that we are supported by a political party, but we are not. KLSCAH is neutral," he said.
Chong Keat Aun, who started the initiative, and also represents Beautiful Gate Foundation for the disabled, said there were special arrangements for the disabled, who would travel by taxi.
"The cost for them is higher than able-bodied people," he said.
The funding period for the campaign will run until April 25.
The public can also log on to UndiRabu.com to donate and to view the bus routes.
PulangMengundi.com, contains details on carpooling and travel subsidies.
The less-abled can also contact 03-7873 6579 for more information.