Trust me when I say this - do NOT ever ride a bus from the Bukit Gantang company! Last week, I took their express bus from Melaka to Penang. It was scheduled to leave Melaka at 10pm, stop for rest and food at Slim River and then reach Penang around 5am. As expected, we set off late because three people failed to show up and the bus operator wanted to make more money by reselling their seats to last-minute travellers. He resold all three seats only to find one of the latecomers turning up 5 minutes later. When we left the station, he was frantically trying to find a seat on another bus for the poor guy. Of course, he was 25 minutes late. During this trip, we had TWO drivers. One appeared to be the senior driver, while the other was a rookie. A real rookie. The rookie started the journey and immediately, his driving skill was in question. The senior driver had to tell him where to turn, and when to CHANGE GEARS!!! He also had to warn him about cars coming from the sides. The rookie almost sideswiped a Kancil (a small car) and actually tried going up a steep incline with a high gear - we were barely moving! And then, the senior driver whipped out a cigarette and started smoking.. in an AIR-CONDITIONED BUS!! Then he went to sleep. Then near KL, the bus' headlights blew - BOTH of them! And when the rookie driver asked the senior driver what to do, guess what was his reply? Believe it or not, the senior driver told the rookie to "terus jalan"! (Carry on!). And then he went back to sleep. So, there we were - at the mercy of a rookie driver without lights! To his credit, the rookie drove slowly and attempted to follow the tail lights of passing cars to make his way. But when there were no other cars, man, was it scary! I was sitting in the front and I couldn't even see the center divider or the marker lines on the road! He was creeping along at 30-40km/h, trying to keep on the road using what little light was available. Somehow, we managed to reach the R&R center in Slim River. He told us the break would take 25 minutes... but I think it took over an hour. Apparently, they were waiting for a replacement bus. When the bus came, we switched buses. And then they discovered that two passengers won't be following us any longer. Why? Well, the original bus was able to seat 24 passengers but this replacement bus could only seat 22 passengers! So, two passengers were kicked out at the R&R stop. The senior driver now had to ask the other buses at the stop if they could take on extra passengers. I have no idea if they were actually able to find place on other buses since we left without them. Thankfully, we reached Penang alive. But trust me when I say that travelling by a Bukit Gantang bus is not something I want to repeat, EVER!