KUALA LUMPUR: It felt like a relaxing Sunday morning drive in the city yesterday as most folk have left the city to make their way home to celebrate Hari Raya tomorrow.
Roads leading to Jalan Bukit Bintang from Jalan Sultan Ismail was smooth flowing.
Ery Adnan, who works as a despatch rider, said travelling into the city centre was a breeze compared with other Fridays.
"There was a huge Hari Raya shopping rush the past two Fridays, unlike the pleasant road conditions today (yesterday).
"It makes my work much easier and I did not have to weave between the other vehicles on my motorcycle.
"I'll be able to finish my delivery fast," said the 24-year-old, who leaves for Perak this evening.
Consultant Eddie Teoh said he arrived earlier than usual to work as there was hardly any traffic yesterday.
"I got to work 20 minutes earlier," he said.
Meanwhile, in Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman (TAR), which was a hive of activity during the past few weeks, traffic was also smooth under the watch of traffic police.
A traffic policeman stationed there said 20 traffic police personnel from the Tun H.S. Lee Traffic Police Station had been tasked to direct traffic in Jalan TAR up until Jalan Parlimen and Jalan Loke Yew.
He said traffic on these roads was not as congested as the same period last year as it is believed that many city folk had left for their hometowns on Thursday.
He also said that aside from the police personnel who were stationed by the roadside to guide traffic, some are also patrolling on motorcycle to watch out for indiscriminate parking or vehicles obstructing roads.
City Hall traffic enforcement chief inspector R. Parameswaran said they will be monitoring Ramadan bazaar traders until midnight, when many shoppers will come to buy goods at rock-bottom prices. City Hall and the traffic police, he said, will be on the lookout to control the traffic.
"We have over 60 enforcement personnel in Jalan TAR and Masjid India to man traffic and check on the stalls."
He said the traffic congestion should not always be blamed on motorists as pedestrians are also at fault.
"Sometimes motorists have to stop to give way to pedestrians, especially at the turning in Jalan Masjid and this causes the traffic to build up."