Raya: Crowds invade Melaka tourist sites

MELAKA: The tourist sites continue to be the destination of choice for foreign and domestic visitors to spend their public holidays in conjunction with the celebration of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

A check around Banda Hilir here revealed that several tourist hotspots in the region have seen overwhelming numbers of visitors.

Trishaw rider Shazzuan Abdullah, 33, from Kampung Limbongan, said it had given a glimmer of hope to those in the tourism industry like him who depend entirely on the daily wages of transported tourists.

Shazzuan said he even received customers from overseas such as Japan and England after the country entered the transition to the endemic phase and the reopening of international borders on April 1.

“After performing Aidilfitri prayers yesterday, I went straight to Bandar Hilir area as the demand for pedicab services is usually higher during the festive season.

“This is a great opportunity for pedicab drivers to earn extra income. Just yesterday I managed to get over 10 clients,” he said here.

R. Sinadurai, 47, from Bukit Mertajam, Penang, said he decided to travel to Melaka with his family as the state is full of interesting places to visit.

“We haven’t been here long enough, so we took advantage of the long vacation to come from Penang and spend two days here,” he said.

For Mira Rashid, 32, Melaka has always been one of her favorite places to visit.

“Besides the various tourist attractions here, the brightly decorated trishaws in Melaka are something we just don’t get anywhere else,” she said.

It was reported that Melaka Police expected a 50% increase from the average of 45,000 vehicles entering the state at three toll booths ahead of the Aidilfitri celebration.

Traffic flow monitoring at state entry points also indicated a peak on April 1 involving 45,203 vehicles compared to 31,145 vehicles on March 31. – Bernama