No mass exodus from Penang


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  • Thursday, 02 Feb 2006

Many Penangites who returned home from outstation for the Chinese New Year have not left the island yet. 

They are still making their rounds around the city, checking out tourist spots and eateries, visiting relations or just staying indoors. 

State Internal Security and Public Order chief Supt Wan Abdullah Tuanku Said said many from Kuala Lumpur were also staying put to attend the national-level Chinese New Year open house on Saturday. 

“More than 200 traffic police personnel are on duty daily during this festive period to ensure a smooth flow of traffic,” he said yesterday. 

A check at the ferry terminal showed traffic to be minimal. Traffic heading towards the south from the Juru toll plaza was reported to be normal. More cars were coming to the island rather than leaving. 

W.B. Khoo, 45, from Shah Alam, when met at the Goddess of Mercy Temple in Jalan Mesjid Kapitan Keling, said he and his family took extra days off so that he could spend more time with his parents. 

“I will only be heading back home early Monday morning. I hope I can avoid the rush back to the south now that the festive holidays have come to an end,” said the owner of a hardware business.  

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