JOHOR BARU: Several main roads within the central business district of Johor Baru city will be closed to motorists between March 9 and 12, in conjunction with the annual Chingay procession which is expected to draw 350,000 local and foreign spectators.
On March 9, the roads affected are Jalan Trus, Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Yahya Awal, Jalan Ayer Molek, Jalan Ibrahim Sultan, Jalan Wong Ah Fook and Jalan Sulaiman from 11am until 1pm.
Johor Baru South (JBS) police chief Asst Comm Sulaiman Salleh said the roads would be closed on that day for the street cleansing ceremony, which was part of the ritual in the 145-year old Chingay procession.
Motorists are also advised to avoid several roads on March 10, including Jalan Trus, Jalan Ngee Heng and Jalan Tun Razak between 11am and 12.30pm to facilitate the procession from the Johor Baru Ancient Temple to Xing Gong Temple.
“Several roads will be closed in stages from 3pm until 1am on March 11, for the procession,” he told a press conference at the JBS police district headquarters.
The affected roads on March 11, are Jalan Skudai–Pantai Lido, Ayer Molek, Jalan Sungai Chat, Jalan Abu Bakar, Jalan Ayer Molek, Jalan Gertak Merah, Jalan Dato Onn, Jalan Ayer Molek, Jalan Wong Ah Fook and Jalan Meldrum, Jalan Siu Nam, Jalan Tun Sri Lanang and Jalan Station and Jalan Abu Bakar.
He advised those wanting to watch the procession to park their vehicles around Dataran Bandaraya, Wisma Persekutuan, Jalan Pantai Lido and Jalan Danga Bay or car pool and also avoid leaving their valuables in the vehicles.
Those planning to go the JBS district police station or the Sultanah Aminah Hospital could use Jalan Skudai towards Jalan Pantai Lido, Jalan Datin Halimah towards Jalan Kolam Ayer, Jalan Thompson and Jalan Abu Bakar.
On March 12, Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Ngee Heng and Jalan Trus would be closed to motorists starting 11am to facilitate the procession of the deities to the Johor Baru Ancient Temple.
Motorists entering Johor Baru from Singapore could used the alternative routes - Jalan Skudai through inner ring road and Jalan Skudai or using the Eastern Dispersal Link. (Singapore – Kuala Lumpur).