| Azlan Othman |
MIRI shopping centres are expected to continue today to see a massive crowd of Bruneian shoppers.
Many have been braving the gloomy weather to take advantage of the favourable exchange rate of Brunei dollar against the Malaysian ringgit and the Christmas sales in the neighbouring Malaysian town.
A clerk from the bus company Bayu Ilham Sdn Bhd said 13 buses ranging from 20 to 30 and also 52-seaters were fully booked for today’s trip to Miri. “Some of our buses are also now in Kota Kinabalu with two leaving yesterday to bring Bruneians to spend up to four days in the ‘Land below the Wind’.”
Bruneians with big families find it convenient to use buses to cross the border, with each passenger normally charged between 12 and 15 dollars.
Netizens took to social media to show the large influx of Bruneians expected to cross the border today using buses from a number of companies.
Some irate netizens also posted images of queue jumping, with one border-hopper, Yati saying it took her 45 minutes to reach the Sg Tujoh check point around lunch time yesterday.
“I actually took advantage of the current school holiday to get better discounts and deals (at Miri shops),” Yati said.