Jom Balik Raya Programme – 23 Buses for 1000 Students to Come Home for Aidilfitri

Jom Balik Raya Programme - 23 Buses for 1000 Students to Come Home for Aidilfitri

The Johor state government has launched a big initiative to facilitate students’ homecoming travel during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri festival. The Johor Student Free Buses or Jom Balik Raya Programme set aside a fleet of 23 buses to assist the return trip of 1,000 students from 11 institutions of higher educational institutions (IPT) around Malaysia. This effort, part of the 2024 Aidilfitri Holiday celebrations, ran from March 29 to the previous day, with a RM100,000 budget set aside for the program.

Aznan Tamin, Chairman of the State Education and Information Committee, emphasized the state’s commitment to the welfare of its youth under the leadership of Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi. “This effort demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that Johor students studying outside can return home safely and comfortably. It’s also a step toward reducing the financial pressures connected with flying during such a joyous season, allowing students to spend Hari Raya with their loved ones,” he said.

This program includes educational institutions such as Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Kelantan, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin, and Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, among others. This project not only demonstrates the state’s dedication to its young, but also fosters community bonds by allowing students to spend the holiday season with their family.

Furthermore, the Johor Student Free Buses Jom Balik Raya Programme included collaborations with multiple local groups, such as Yayasan Pelajaran Johor, the Johor State Islamic Religious Council, Gabungan Anak Johor, and several Johor student clubs, demonstrating a collaborative effort to serve the student population.

As families across Johor welcome their children home, the state government’s initiative reflects a broader commitment to nurturing a supportive environment for its younger residents, emphasizing the importance of family bonds during Malaysia’s cherished Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration.

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