MH17: Traffic Police urge motorists to observe moment of silence safely

MH17: Traffic Police urge motorists to observe moment of silence safely

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Motorists who intend to observe a minute of silence today in honour of those who perished on MH17 should not block traffic or endanger others while doing so, said the traffic police.

Bukit Aman deputy traffic chief Asst Comm Mohd Akhir Darus said motorists should also be prepared for the moment of silence, which is expected to be held between 10.30am and 11.15am.

"Motorists should not stop their vehicles suddenly when the announcement is made.

"Even when stopping, they should stop at an appropriate location at the side of the road and not in the middle of the highway, even if their intention is noble," said ACP Mohd Akhir.

He added that traffic in other states and cities would be under the purview of the respective OCPDs.

He also stressed that those who intend to witness the passing convoy should not hinder the hearses carrying the remains to their burial grounds.

"We need the cooperation of the public for this unprecedented day," he said.

Traffic is expected to come to a standstill at the following locations during the moment of silence - Penang Bridge, Bang­unan Sultan Abdul Samad in Kuala Lumpur, KLIA, KLIA2 and the Sultan Iskandar Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex in Johor Baru.

While there will not be any road closures today, ACP Mohd Akhir appealed to the public to avoid using routes such as the Elite Expressway, Maju Expressway, Kesas Highway, MRR2 and roads near KLIA to ensure smooth traffic for the convoy carrying the remains.

"We hope the public can use alternative routes between 9am and noon," he told The Star yesterday.

The special plane transporting the remains of 20 Malaysians is expected to arrive at KLIA by 9.45am.

ACP Mohd Akhir said Bukit Aman would be deploying 100 traffic police personnel at major points near KLIA and other parts of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur to ensure smooth traffic.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mu'adzam Shah would be attending the ceremony at KLIA while the Sultan of Perak Sultan Nazrin Shah is expected to be in Ipoh to receive the remains.

Elected representatives and foreign ambassadors have also been invited for the ceremony at KLIA.

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