JOHOR BARU - The day dawned with little din on the roads with no school buses picking up children and many people staying indoors because they need not go to work.
By the middle of the day, however, there was a lot of bustle in the streets with the faithful going to mosques for Friday prayers and others jamming shopping malls and eating joints.
This was Friday in Johor, where the public sector no longer observes Saturday and Sunday as the weekly rest days.
Banks, shopping malls and many businesses, however, were open as they have the option of either following the public sector or continue observing Saturday and Sunday as their weekly rest days.
Public Bank Bhd senior financial executive Ben Yu Wei Leong, 26, said leaving for work in Taman Sentosa from his house in Taman Bukit Kempas was a smooth journey yesterday.
"Usually, it takes about 45 minutes to reach my working place. But today (Friday), I reached the office in 20 minutes because there was less traffic," he said.
Yu said he looked forward to enjoying the smooth ride even if it was only on Fridays.
"It's good enough for me, as I feel less stress driving on the non-congested roads," he said.
Creative executive Rosman Kasiman, 35, from Taman Perling, said traffic was relatively smooth as there were no school buses on the roads or parents sending their children to school.