Stay safe on the roads

Ok everyone, it's balik kampung time for lots of Muslim families in Malaysia and Indonesia.

For those who don't know, balik kampung means the return home and is an integral part of the phenomenon of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, where families gather at their home village to celebrate the end of the holiest month of Ramadan.

It is a time of togetherness which aims to strengthen family ties, create goodwill, help the needy, and with busy work schedules it is the time of year that relatives from all over the country meet to celebrate the end of the Ramadhan fasting month.

Kuala Lumpur is usually a very busy city but astonishingly is left quite empty and quiet over the few days of celebrations.

BUT if there is one thing that can be improved it is the driving rush that sees traffic jams everywhere, on secondary roads and on four lanes highways for hours and hours and hours....and hours.

It can also be a fatal journey for some.

Last year 1,450 crashes were reported each day, with an average daily death rate of 22 totalling 303 lives lost over the Hari Raya holiday period.

So be careful, drive safely and importantly stay out of the emergency lanes so the ambulances can get to the accidents quickly.

So, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to all my Malaysian and Indonesian friends.


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