Massive jams as road blocks start ahead of schedule (updated)

The rule of law is dissed everyday on Malaysian roads / image by asifthebes

Several areas in Kuala Lumpur and Klang Valley are experiencing massive congestion during Friday peak hour as police erect road blocks ahead of midnight, as originally announced.

Among the roads affected are those near The Summit in Subang Jaya, Sunway Pyramid after the toll plaza; Section 17 Petaling Jaya going towards Sprint Highway; Kajang and Semenyih going towards Sungai Ramal; KL-Seremban Highway going towards KL after toll plaza, Jalan Tun Razak and Jalan Ampang in Kuala Lumpur.

Netizens have poured their frustration out on Twitter, describing the police action as a “no brainer good for nothing roadblock.”

Below are some of their tweets:

@oliviasy: Been hearing and reading tweets about massive traffic congestion all over town. Semua tempat also jam

@YeanChingLee: Roadblock at Sunway LDP toll. Massive jam.

@Patrick Liew: Roadblock after Sunway toll from Puchong, under da overhead bridge & Federal HW after icon city towards KL.

@babyxan: i thought 12am start roadblock. Atleast let us reach home safely to our families. No brainer good for nothing roadblocks.

@babyxan: avoid nkve to subang jaya heading up the bridge to summit. The bridge is jammed all the way.

@Syawal: kl-seremban(km7.9) after sgbesi toll toward kl. Extreme slow.

@EanYaacob: Quite clear the roads here in KL. All ok arnd KLCC. Jams must be at roads going INTO KL.

@angelakarto: Police r standing by for road blocks on tun razak & jalan ampang. Tun razak is jammed to the max.

@yeenhalim: Crawling or not moving at all frm kajang & semenyih towards sg ramal due to road block rite after shell. Avoid at all cost!

@azrilnazli: from pj kwsp to pj state taking 1 hour already. Unusual jammed here.

Police will lock down several roads leading into the Kuala Lumpur city center starting midnight tonight, ahead of the Bersih rally tomorrow.

The blockades and diversions are scheduled to come into force at 12.01am, and will affect entry points along the entire stretch of Jalan Syed Putra, Jalan Istana, Jalan Bukit Petaling, Jalan Bellamy and the area surrounding Istana Negara.

Also affected would be the area surrounding the National Mosque in the Lake Gardens vicinity, covering the entire stretch of Jalan Sultan Hishammuddin, Jalan Lembah Perdana and Jalan Chenderasari.

In the city centre, blockades will be set up around Dataran Merdeka, Pasar Seni, Masjid Jamek, Dataran DBKL, Kompleks Sogo, Maju Junction, Masjid Kampung Baru, Jalan Kinabalu, Jalan Kuching, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Sri Amar, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Haji Taib, Jalan Raja Muda Musa, Jalan Raja Bot, Jalan Raja Abdullah, Jalan Dang Wangi, Jalan Munshi Abdullah, Jalan Gereja, Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan Tun Perak, Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Loke, Jalan Sultan Mahmud and all nearby areas.

Bersih, the election reform group has vowed to proceed with its planned demonstration at the Stadium Merdeka despite the authorities declaring it illegal and police warning that participants will be detained.

Update:the situation in Kedah

Komunitikini Citizen Journalist, Dave Kameron reports that in Alor Setar, express buses and trucks have been stopped, boarded and searched by the police. He writes, as at 9.19pm this evening:

“Just passed Sungai Dua toll, south-bound.

“Currently witnessing an express bus being boarded by the police.

“Noticed trucks being stopped and searched too.

“Also gathered info from schoolchildren in Alor Setar that flyers were distributed in schools and kids asked to inform parents to stay home, preferably.”

Update: the situation on the Federal Highway, Kuala Lumpur:

Citizen Journalist coordinator, Maran Perianen, reports at 10pm, July 8, that the police are stopping and checking virtually every car just after the exit from the Federal Highway to the LDP expressway. This is traffic headed towards Kuala Lumpur.

Traffic is backed up for kilometers, right up to the Batu Tiga toll booth, at Shah Alam.