Near-empty roads encourage KL folk and local tourists to venture out

KUALA Lumpur, usually choked with traffic, was almost deserted during the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays recently.

Motorists found it a breeze getting to destinations as there was minimal traffic on most roads in the city.

A check at several normally congested roads, such as Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan TAR, found it fairly quiet, with only some pedestrians spotted in the area.

The Bukit Bintang area, however, was crowded as many took the opportunity to visit the area and do some shopping.

It was also a totally different scenario at some of the city’s tourist hotspots.

KLCC Park was packed with not only locals but foreigners as well.

They were seen busy taking pictures and enjoying the place while the children splashed about in the pool in the grounds.

A visitor who wanted to be known as just Ananda, 48, and who brought along his nieces to enjoy the KLCC park, said it was the children’s first visit here.

“Since it is the holidays, I decided to bring them here for some fun. We live in Ampang and took the LRT as it is convenient,” he said as his nieces Anisha, 13 and Niroshini, eight, ran around the park in excitement.

Another visitor Eeh Yih Bing, 37, who had brought along his extended family from Pahang to the park, said it was a nice way to spend the day.

“They are really enjoying themselves and I am glad I brought them out on a public holiday as the traffic was smooth,” he said.

Meanwhile, at the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, CL Ang, 35 and his family of more than 10, were seen going around the place.

“We thought it would be closed but decided to come anyway. Thank god it was open as my children were really looking forward to coming here,” he said.

Student Izyan Dzulkifli, 23, said her family decided to break the usual practice of staying home on the first day of Raya by spending time at Dataran Merdeka.

“Since our grandparents died, we no longer have a kampung to go back to and that is why we decided to do something different this year.

“We really enjoyed ourselves, especially when tourists asked us to take pictures with them,” she said.

Her family of six were wearing identical baju raya and stood out among the crowd.

“Maybe next year we will bring along some kuih muih to share with the tourists,” she said with a laugh.

Professor Yao Sou Chou, 70, said he decided to bring his relatives from China to see Dataran Merdeka as it was a historical site in Malaysia.

“They have only seen pictures of this place so I decided to bring them here to see the place for themselves,” said Yao who used to teach in Sydney, Australia.

“They were equally excited to meet many friendly locals as well as take pictures with them to take back to China,” he said.

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