The coming weekend is going to be one of the many long weekends in Malaysia this year due to the Thaipusam public holiday but still, you’ll need to plan your travels well.
According to a The Star Online report, several roads would be closed to make way for the Thaipusam procession from the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Jalan Tun H.S. Lee to Batu Caves.
The roads will be closed and reopened in stages between 10pm Friday (22nd January) and Saturday (23rd January) evening for the first procession from the Sri Maha Mariamman temple.
For the second procession from Batu Caves, the routes will be closed and reopened in stages between 4pm Monday (25th January) and early Tuesday (26th January).
The routes affected will be Jalan Tun H.S. Lee, Jalan Sultan, Jalan Pudu, Jalan Tun Perak, Jalan Leboh Ampang, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Munshi Abdullah, Jalan Dang Wangi, Sogo Shopping Complex, Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Sri Amar, Jalan Tun Razak (u-turn in front of the Fire and Rescue Department), Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah, Jalan Konvil Hilir, Lorong Konvil Hulu, Jalan Perhentian, Batu 5 and Batu Caves.
Kuala Lumpur traffic police investigation and traffic law officer Deputy Supt S. Markandan said the roads will be closed in stages from 4pm Friday to make way for preparations for the Thaipusam celebrations.
He also encouraged those affected by the road closures to use public transportation and strictly advised road users to not park their vehicles on the designated routes.
“By obstructing traffic, you risk getting summoned or having your vehicles towed away. No exceptions will be made during the celebrations. Traffic offenders will be dealt with. We mean business,” he said.
DSP Markandan said 85 traffic policemen would be on duty along the routes to ensure smooth traffic flow and keep road users safe at all times.
Source: The Star Online.