Saturday, October 23, 2021

Klang Valley moves to Phase 2

Roads begin to fill with traffic and pedestrians once more as the area regains some of the hustle and bustle lost during the first phase of the National Recovery Plan.

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The capital city has gradually been returning to life as more restrictions are eased, allowing people greater freedom of movement.

Traffic has also been building up again after months of nearly deserted roads in the once-bustling city.

Malls too have been filling up again, especially on weekends and public holidays, as those who have been fully vaccinated resume the nationally popular past-time of shopping.

While most of the adult population has been fully vaccinated, those who venture out are still reminded to adhere to health SOPs.

Dine-in activities are also allowed again, a welcome relief for many from the previous SOPs of takeaway, delivery and drive-thru services only.

Out on the streets, pedestrians are gaining in number too as some workers return to the office after long months of working from home.

A group of pedestrians cross a road under a sign reminding the public to comply with SOPs in order to help break the chain of Covid-19 infection.

Families enjoy a breath of fresh air at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, where children run and play and grownups sit for a chat against the backdrop of KLCC and the KL Tower.

Others cycle through the park, a restriction eased for those who have completed their vaccinations.

Even walking is a luxury for some who have been cooped up at home for a long time.

A woman jogs past a row of Malaysian flags at Dataran Merdeka.

For some whose hair has grown unmanageable throughout the months of lockdown, the barber’s is at the top of the list of places to visit.

In an Orang Asli village in Hulu Selangor, villagers who were previously afraid to move about are now more confident, with one brushing off his motorcycle for use once again.

Staff at Restoran BBQLamb, a unique spot in the midst of the forest, are hard at work once more, serving customers seated at tables in the middle of the small stream nearby.

Families enjoy a meal of barbecued meat in the middle of the stream.

Traffic is slow going at this road in Hulu Langat as people head out for a weekend away from
the city.

This spot in Sungai Congkak is a popular choice for visitors looking for a fun and affordable vacation.

Families sit on picnic mats along the river, spanned by a narrow wooden footbridge, while others even set up tents.

An aerial view of the city lights at the Kampung Baru area and the Petronas Twin Towers, where roads are filled with drivers heading off to enjoy the Malaysia Day public holiday.

With traffic in Kuala Lumpur back to normal – at least for now – it’s difficult to believe the roads were ever once empty.

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