GEORGE TOWN: The yearly Chap Goh Meh festivities will be observed this evening with babas, nyonyas and performers of a dondang sayang troupe being ferried on a Hop-On Hop-Off bus for the traditional mandarin orange throwing ceremony at the Esplanade.
SERDANG: As Chinese New Year draws to a close, some 150 parents and their children got to experience how the festival should really be celebrated – not just with a bang but with the filial gesture of serving tea.
"A significant increase in the number of vehicles is expected in the afternoon as city folks begin the Hari Raya Aidilfitri 'balik kampung' exodus," the spokesman told Bernama here today.
"An increase in the number of vehicles on the road will slow down traffic along a number of highways, including the North South Expressway from Slim River to Sungkai and several toll plazas like Gombak heading to the East Coast, Duta Toll plaza heading north, in the afternoon." According to a Plus Expressway Sdn Bhd Traffic Control Centre spokesman traffic flow was smooth in the morning but traffic congestion on all major highways can be expected in the afternoon.
PLUS has also issued a travel time advisory (TTA) in conjunction with the Hari Raya 'balik kampung' exodus from the city so that motorists can plan their journey accordingly.
The operator of the North-South Expressway (NSE) says the TTA was aimed at preventing vehicles heading towards various destinations from converging at the same location on the highway and contribute to traffic congestion.
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Traffic on several major highways was under control as of 12 noon today, although there were many cars reported to be heading out of the capital today.
A Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) spokesperson when contacted by said traffic was slightly congested at the Gombak and Karak toll plazas heading to the East Coast.
“Traffic on the East Coast Highway (LPT) 1 and 2 are also under control without any issues in both directions,” she said.
A spokesperson from the Plus Expressways Bhd traffic control centre also informed that the traffic flow on the North-South Expressway (Plus) towards the north was under control, but moving slowly in certain areas.
“Traffic flow is slow from Tapah to Gopeng and Jelapang to the Menora Tunnel due to heavy traffic,” he said.