The Great Klang Escape
With the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) for Klang looming ever closer (taking effect starting from today, 9th October) residents of the peaceful port town were seen migrating en masse out to the other areas yesterday before the midnight deadline.
As a matter of fact, Klang’s 438-metre long Kota Bridge was shown to be filled with hundreds of vehicles heading out of town and towards Petaling Jaya or other places.
Klang Exodus Before The Conditional Movement Control Order Begins
This certainly doesn’t come as a surprise, though many local government officials were taken aback by the mass migration of Klangites out of town. To make matters worse, most residents who have opted to stay have started to panic-buy essential goods from supermarkets and departmental stores.
And with a lack of a clear guideline or directive from the federal government, it does seem that many more will be jumping (once again) on the bandwagon of hoarding essential supplies for the time being. Indeed, more than a million Klang residents will be affected by the recently announced targetted lockdown.
As for business operators, it’s back to square one just as they were starting to get back on their feet following the first round of lockdown a few months ago.
The CMCO will only apply to the sub-district of Mukim Klang. And there have been several changes made in the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the forthcoming CMCO.
For restaurants, stalls, and hawkers, they may only cater to customers through takeaway, delivery or drive-through. Additionally, the operation hours will be limited from 6.00 AM to 10.00 PM for the duration of the CMCO.
Public transportation such as buses, taxis, and e-hailing vehicles will be allowed to operate as usual from 6.00 AM to midnight and Port Klang will continue to operate as per usual.
Night markets will still not be allowed to be open but wholesale markets may operate from 4.00 AM to 2.00 PM. Wet markets and farmers’ markets will be allowed to operate from 6.00 AM to 2.00 PM and from 6.00 AM to 12.00 PM respectively.