Sungai Buloh R&R stop a hive of activity again

Busker Yasin back to entertaining customers at the Sungai Buloh rest and service stop.

ONLY two weeks ago, the Sungai Buloh rest and service area (R&R)was seeing minimal foot traffic.

But that changed last weekend when many folk from the Klang Valley and further south were seen stopping there for a break on their trips up north.

On Oct 10, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced the lifting of the interstate travel ban effective Oct 11.

Muhd Affendi Azmi, 28, who manned a food kiosk at the R&R, said he noticed a gradual increase in visitors over the past week.

“More people are heading to the northern states. We might have to increase our supply to cater to greater demand.”

Wan Yusoff Wan Ahmed, 64, who sold pastries and cakes there, said the lifting of interstate travel restrictions was long overdue.

“Lockdowns were clearly having an impact on people’s mental health and stress levels.

“We should allow people to visit their loved ones and go on holiday again. Let the economy rebound,” said the Batu Caves resident.

Wan Yusoff hopes the resumption of interstate travel will allow the economy to rebound.Wan Yusoff hopes the resumption of interstate travel will allow the economy to rebound.

Restaurant worker Laila Asnawi said the eatery was now open from 6am to midnight, unlike the 8am to 8pm opening hours during the travel ban.

The 26-year-old from Damansara Damai said they had upped food supplies in anticipation of the increase in travellers in coming weeks.

Busker Muhd Yasin Baharuddin, 35, who performed in the area, is hoping his income would recover with the return of customers to the rest area.

The father of one had been operating a small printing and copying services shop during the lockdown.

“I used to make around RM120 a day busking, but that dropped significantly after the movement control order began in March last year.

“With interstate travel now allowed, I can make around RM80 a day,” he said, expecting more people after the Deepavali festivities.

Wanting a break after spending a long time at home, Azmi Mat Sari, 46, from Taman Keramat, Hulu Kelang, has planned to join a motorbike convoy with friends to visit Perak.

“We are planning to picnic by the river in Sungkai, and then go to Slim River in the evening to eat seafood,” he said, planning to balik kampung with his family next month.

Islamic Studies teacher Mohd Nushi Mokhtar, 54, from Seri Iskandar, Perak was at the R&R on his way to Kuala Lumpur to send his daughter to Universiti Malaya.

“I saw more vehicles heading north than south.

“It’s good that the government has lifted the restrictions on interstate travel, as we can now travel without the need for police permits.

“However, we must remain vigilant against Covid-19, and only travel when it is absolutely necessary,” he added.

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