Increasing demand for bus delivery services

A long queue is forming at a bus cargo counter in Miri Terminal Bus Pujut as people come to collect or send parcels to their family living outside Miri district.

MIRI: With Hari Raya just around the corner, many people are turning to delivery service providers to send homemade Raya cookies and biscuits to their loved ones.

Inter-district travels are not allowed during this coming festive season due to the Covid-19 pandemic, hence many celebrants will not be able to return to their respective home towns for the occasion as they usually do prior to the pandemic.

Lately, demand for bus cargo delivery services have shown an increasing trend as the people opted for alternative method to reach out to their loved ones in sending homemade Hari Raya cookies and biscuits.

The delivery services via bus cargo companies have become a robust business amidst the Covid-19 pandemic because of the movement control order (MCO) being implemented to curb the spread of the virus.

A bus cargo staff tracks parcels for customers.

A check carried out on Sunday at Miri Terminal Bus in Pujut, showed long queues as people came to collect and send parcels to their relatives outside Miri district.

According to a staff who wished to be anonymous, some parcels were left uncollected at the counters for days by the recipients, creating shortage of space inside the counter room.

Inside the counter room, a female clerk of a bus cargo company was busy tracking customers’ parcels via a numbering system.

For Liza Ibrahim, 38, who came to the counter to collect a parcel sent by her sister in Mukah, the bus cargo delivery service is the best alternative to reach out to loved ones by sending them gifts or Raya cookies as inter district travels are not permitted this coming Hari Raya.

“This (restriction) does not mean we should abandon our celebration; we still get connected with one another via phone, or internet and even sending and receiving Raya cookies,” she said.

This year, Hari Raya falls on May 13, and in Sarawak, according to the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC), the celebration will be limited to immediate family members.

It said that Muslims are allowed to celebrate Hari Raya for the first three days with strict compliance to standard operating procedures (SOPs).