More Cars on Roads, but Generally Quiet on First Day of CMCO

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Wet markets, restaurants and coffee shops remained empty, while no major morning rush-hour traffic was reported.

There were more cars on the city roads today, the first day of the controlled movement-control order (CMCO), but it was generally quiet with most businesses still shut.

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RapidKL buses, which usually transport upwards of 70 passengers per trip, were seen occupied with only a fraction of their usual passenger load this morning, as many Malaysians chose to remain home.

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Malaysians mostly refrained from commuting using the public rail transport system, with a significant reduction in both train occupancy and crowds.

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There was strict compliance among passengers, who distanced themselves from one other while station personnel ensured all guidelines are adhered to.

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KL Sentral, the once-bustling transport hub looked almost deserted with only a handful of commuters.

The only hive of activities centred around the counters manned by auxiliary police personnel near the main lobby where a temperature reading of those passing through are taken.

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While convenience stores located within rail stations are largely open, many eateries chose to remain closed, with the exception of fast-food chains such as McDonald’s and KFC only allowing takeaways.

The usually packed and bustling Pavilion Mall in the city centre was hushed with only a few patrons making their way to eateries.

Inside the mall, several retail outlets remained closed, while others were preparing to open.

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Certain outlets and restaurants that opened followed the standard operating procedure strictly – patrons had to give their contact details before entering the premises.

In Bukit Bintang, there were no particular large crowds except for those making their way to banks.

Several restaurants were still practising takeaways instead of having dine-ins.

At the usually busy Chow Kit market, only four vendors were open for business but there was hardly anyone around to buy their produce.

The Old Klang Road wet market remains shuttered today while the same goes for the Petaling Jaya Old Town wet market.

At the Subang SS15 market, crowd remained sparse as of 8.30am, with many stalls still closed.

In Penang, the infamous Air Itam market was not as busy as expected. It is still closed for traffic while the main roads around town and in Air Itam are clear.

Many shops around town remain closed while the Chowrasta Market in town was also quiet.

Coffee shops and stalls that are open still do not allow dine-ins in compliance with state government’s decision to persist with the MCO.