KUALA LUMPUR: Motorists in the city were caught in a massive traffic jam as roads were closed from 8am to 9.30am during a dry run of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit yesterday.
A motorist, Faridah Bibi, said it took her more than 30 minutes on a one-kilometre stretch from the Examination Board building along Jalan Duta to the Jalan Duta roundabout.
Traffic eased only after roads were opened at about 9.35am.
“Normally it takes less than five minutes. Anyway I understand that we have to endure this for a very important meeting,” Faridah said.
At the launch of the Peace Exposition at the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) Esplanade, its organising committee chairman, Datuk Seri Shahrizat Jalil said her team were given directives to ensure they reach the venue before 8am by the KL City police chief, Datuk Dell Akbar Khan.
“In fact, most of those who attended the event actually took the LRT for the first time to avoid being late to the launch,” she said.