Traffic snarls on highways as M’sians embrace five-day weekend

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  • Friday, 01 Sep 2017

Long journey ahead: Motorists stuck in heavy traffic near the Rawang Selatan Plus highway exit.

PETALING JAYA: With Hari Raya Haji falling today and the extra public holiday on Monday, traffic along the major highways was extra heavy.

Many of the highways out of the city saw traffic snaking for several kilometres or more yesterday, especially in the southern and central regions of the country.

Engineer Amir Sharifuddin, 25, who works in Selangor, said he was taking advantage of the long weekend to travel home.

“I will be going back for Hari Raya Aidiladha – first to Pahang and then to Seremban to visit my relatives.

“I have also applied for additional leave next Tuesday since Monday is a public holiday,” he said.

Mohd Sallehin Ibrahim, 33, said that to beat the traffic, he decided to make his way back to his hometown in Terengganu early yesterday.

“I didn’t want to be stuck in traffic heading to the east coast, so I drove early.

“I am glad that we will be having a long weekend,” he added.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had declared Sept 4 a public holiday in appreciation of the outstanding achievement of the Malaysian contingent in the 29th SEA Games.

With yesterday being National Day as well, this means Malaysians will be enjoying a five-day weekend.

According to a PLUS Expressways Berhad spokesman, traffic had been slow since yesterday morning, especially towards the south.

“Heavy presence of vehicles can be seen heading to the south, starting from Bandar Enstek in Senawang until Pedas Linggi, as well as from Skudai to Senai along the North-South Expressway,” he said.

He added that traffic was also slow from Sungai Buloh to Sungai Buaya in Banting, from Bukit Beruntung to Tanjung Malim and Gopeng in Perak, as well as from Putra Mahkota to Seremban Selatan in the south.

Additionally, there was congestion from Jelapang to Hentian Sungai Perak and from Kuala Kangsar to Bukit Berapit.

However, the spokesman said, traffic flow along other routes to the east coast as of yesterday evening, including the East Coast Expressway 2, was reported to be smooth.

To ensure smoother traffic flow, PLUS will temporarily close all its 134 Touch ’n Go reload lanes at its toll plazas until Monday.

Highway users are advised to ensure that they have sufficient balance in their PLUSMiles or Touch ’n Go cards before setting out on their journey.

They can obtain more traffic information through the PLUS toll’s free line at 1800 880 000 and Twitter @plustrafik or the Malaysian High­way Authority’s line at 1800 887 752 and Twitter @LLMinfotrafik.

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