Drive, Fly, Whichever Way, It’s ‘Balik Kampung’ Day!

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Expectedly, slow-moving traffic was reported on all major highways this morning as city folk travelled back to their hometowns on the eve of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, with long queues reported at KLIA check-in and immigration counters.

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At noon, traffic flow continued to be sluggish along several major highways.

The congested stretches northbound included Rawang to Bukit Beruntung, Bukit Beruntung to Lembah Beringin and Behrang to Gopeng.

The situation was similar along the stretches from Jelapang to Sungai Perak, Kuala Kangsar to Changkat Jering and Bukit Berapit to Bukit Beruntung.

Traffic flow southwards was only slow at the stretch from Seremban to Pedas Linggi. Other routes were reportedly under control.

However, traffic congestion worsened in the Gombak area towards Bentong.

Meanwhile, the ‘balik kampung’ gridlock which saw thousands of travellers swamping Immigration counters at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) this morning has abated.

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Earlier today, photos and videos of massive crowds and endless queues at the airport were circulating on WhatsApp.

Immigration had opened all of its counters while Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) had deployed extra staff to manage the overwhelming number of passengers for the festive season.

MAHB had also requested airport operators to inform their passengers to arrive at least three hours prior to departure.

Nevertheless, at the height of the exodus today, some travellers were seen appealing to others to allow them to cut queue, as their flights were about to leave.