MANY in the Klang Valley took advantage of the clear skies and empty roads to sightsee and shop during the Chinese New Year holidays.
Mohd Iskandar Abdul Kadir, 46, and his family took the opportunity to have a picnic at Ampang Hilir Lake Gardens.
“It is nice to be able to enjoy the beauty of nature in an empty park,” he said.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Kwok, 59, and her extended family of 10 were seen enjoying a meal at Suria KLCC.
“We decided to come here to eat and do some sightseeing,” she laughed.
In Bukit Bintang, student S. Ganesh, 23, and his friends were spotted at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.
“With such good traffic, we thought it would be nice to see the CNY decorations and perhaps watch a movie as well,” he said.
The commercial areas in many parts of Petaling Jaya such as Section 14 and Damansara Uptown were deserted too.
Elizabeth Michael and her husband drove from Shah Alam to have breakfast.
“It felt good to have a break from the usual heavy traffic on Friday,” she said
Ananda Nair appreciated the ample parking and not having to drive around looking for a parking spot.
Keren Bala Dewan, 28, was disappointed that most eateries were closed.
It was a different scene at Klang’s Little India as people took advantage of the holiday season to get good bargains on textiles, sari, jewellery, silverware, aromatic spices and traditional delicacies.
Bus coaches from Kedah, Penang and Johor also brought in loads of domestic tourists.
Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Klang Chapter) N.P. Raman said traders were happy to see a spike in sales during weekdays which are usually slow.
Sri Rasi Silks director K. Subramaniam said people were on the lookout for good bargains before the GST kicked in.