Federal Highway gridlocked again due to MCO roadblock

PETALING JAYA: Roadblocks set up for the movement control order on the Federal Highway caused massive traffic jams leading many to be stuck on the road for hours.

Social media users lamented being caught in standstill traffic for hours on the Federal Highway heading towards Shah Alam.

"Dah pukul 11.36 i masih tak sampai office sebab Federal Highway. Officially 4 jam stuck. (sic) (It is already 11.36 and I still have not reached my office because of the Federal Highway. Officially stuck for four hours)," wrote Twitter user @amalindiyana_.

She later updated that she arrived in her office in Petaling Jaya at 12.20pm - having travelled from Bangi.

Another Twitter user @aiko25 also related that she was stuck in traffic on the Federal Highway for three hours.

"When setting up roadblocks, can they also think about traffic flow? We already have so many construction roads closed, and yet. (sic)" she tweeted.

The situation is similar to the traffic congestion on the same highway on Saturday (May 8) when traffic heading towards KL was at a crawl from Petaling Jaya, with police setting up roadblocks at the arch marking the Selangor-KL border.

Six districts in Selangor – Petaling, Gombak, Hulu Langat, Klang, Sepang and Kuala Langat – are under the MCO from May 6-17 and Kuala Lumpur will be under MCO from May 7-20 to curb the recent surge in Covid-19 cases.

All inter-district and interstate travel are prohibited during the MCO but all economic sectors are allowed to operate as usual.

@viccuboy tweeted that the roadblock on the highway is a bad decision.

Meanwhile, photos of the traffic jam along the Sungai Besi toll plaza heading towards Seremban also went viral.

Sungai Besi toll station to Seremban Traffic jam.

Posted by Stev Philip on Sunday, May 9,2021

In light of the situation, the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti) has announced that those who need to travel interstate or inter-district for permitted economic activities do not need police approval.

However, they must have an approval letter from Miti and either a letter from their employer or their worker’s tag.

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