Saturday, July 2, 2022

Dataran Merdeka never sleeps

Young and old come flocking to the iconic Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur for a fun night out.

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From across the Klang Valley, families emerge for a night out, bringing even the youngest along with them.

At night, the roads are closed off to vehicles in order to ensure the safety of pedestrians and those zooming about on small motorised scooters or e-scooters, which are not allowed on public roads.

The neon lights of the scooters mingle with the lights of the city and the smaller glows cast by mobile phones, lending a festive air to the scene.

The giant hands of the clock at the Sultan Abdul Samad building inch towards 1am, and still the crowds continue to enjoy their night out.

Parents trundle about on brightly lit e-scooters with their children tucked in front or behind them for the ride.

People laugh and chat as the night takes on more and more of a party atmosphere.

Youth gather for a chat in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad building, oblivious to the late hour.

A group of siblings play with slingshots lit up with LED lights at the Dataran Merdeka field.

A woman squats on the ground as she helps her child choose a toy from the variety sold by a vendor at the side of the pavement.

Even grownups join in the fun, blowing soap bubbles at the Dataran Merdeka field.

Vendors do a roaring trade, selling hot food and drinks.

Further along, a woman sells fruit to those looking for something on the cooler side.

A woman cradles her sleeping child as she scrolls through her phone at a stall selling drinks.

Two women zip about on an electric motorcycle in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad building.

Entire families, young and old, turn out to enjoy themselves.

Weekends and holidays mean that even young children accompany their parents on such outings to the big city.

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