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Monday May 16, 2011

Road closure due to Wesak Day processions

MALACCA: Motorists here are advised to use alternative routes today as several roads will be closed in stages for the annual Wesak Day processions that will start from Jalan Gajah Berang.

The road closures expected to begin at 5pm and would continue until midnight.

Roads to be closed in stages are Jalan Gajah Berang, Jalan Tun Perak, Jalan Tun Ali, Jalan Mutahir, Jalan Tun Sri Lanang, Jalan Bendahara, Jalan Laksamana, Lorong Hang Jebat, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock and Jalan Tengkera.

State Tourism department director Lim Chow Beng said the ministry is collaborating with Seck Kia Eenh Temple for the annual celebration which is organised for the seventh time here.

“Malacca’s Wesak Day celebration by Sek Kia Eenhhas beenlisted it in the country’s tourism calendar.

“The event is promoted as one of Malaysia’s religious tourism programmes to attract more tourist arrival to the state,” he said.

Lim added that many activities and performances are lined up at the temple situated at Jalan Gajah Berang as early as 5pm and motorists to anticipate snail traffic during the event,

“There will be performances from the lion and dragon troupes, Sri Lankan peacock dance and Thai cultural show, to name a few.

“Special prayer session will also be held at the temple’s main shrine hall before the float carrying the Buddha statue goes around off the city on a five-kilometre procession,” he said.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam and other state dignitaries would be present to flag off the procession at 7.30pm.

Lim added the celebration in Malacca this year is set to be more exhilarating compared to Kuala Lumpur and Penang as tourists from even Singapore are expected to witness the event.

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