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#NSTviral: Netizens question pedestrian safety in short-living pedestrian crossing signal lights [WATCH]

KUALA LUMPUR: A video claiming of a never-ending and short-living pedestrian crossing signal lights in Kuala Lumpur has prompted netizens to question the city's pedestrian safety and friendliness.

In a posting by an X account @KLMetroscape, the user timed the crossings, where at Persiaran KLCC, it only turned green for less than 30 seconds, only allowing a finite amount of pedestrians to cross whilst the crossing at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman near the Chow Kit market never turned green for 15 minutes.

"Yesterday, I analysed the red light phases for pedestrians at two traffic lights. The results are sobering, to say the least.

"The crossing at Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman never turns green. This feels like some wicked prank of the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL). Pedestrians are the absolute lowest caste in KL! Just like bicycles…"

This, the user said, could put the safety of pedestrians at risk as it forces them to jaywalk across the busy road.

Meanwhile, fellow netizens had taken to comments to share their experiences and concerns on the matter.

User @OldCentral said: "As a former regular Chow Kit shopper, the timings, location and layout of crossings on Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman are terrible and discourage pedestrians in the old heart of the city.

"I would note that the following crossing at Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman is not much better."

Another netizen @Jeromeczar said the iconic traffic light pedestrian crossing in Bukit Bintang was also quite bad.

"Always piling up. It's a shame because that's such a beautiful crossing, as it faces the fountain and facade of the shopping mall, often adorned with decorations."

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