Typhoon wreaks havoc on Malaysian weather

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - The thunderstorms over the northern states, western Sabah and north Sarawak are due to the typhoon Phanfone.

In passing over the Philippines, it played havoc with the weather pattern in Malaysia these two weeks, said Meteorological Department spokesman Dr Hisham Mohd Anip.

"The strong wind brought a lot of moisture into our country and we have issued warnings of strong winds and high waves, which are expected to last till Wednesday," said Dr Hisham.

Other parts of the country are expected to be dry in the next couple of days.

Natural Resources and Environ­ment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said in a statement that the dry weather was due to the southwest monsoon which was expected to last until the end of October.

Motorists have been advised to check their vehicles before leaving for home today after the long weekend and the heavy rains that have fallen most afternoons.

Kuala Lumpur staff officer for traffic investigation and regulation Deputy Supt Markandan Subra­maniam said motorists needed to ensure the brakes and tyres on their vehicles were functioning.

"Accidents caused by malfunctioning tyres or brakes are preventable."

DSP Markandan reminded motorists to be patient while driving and be considerate towards other road users.

"Everyone wants to get to their destination quickly, but safety should still be their topmost priority.

"Drive at moderate speed, and arrive home safely," he advised.

DSP Markandan said heavy traffic flow was expected along Jalan Duta, Gombak and Sungai Besi today.

"We will have officers stationed at most of the entry points to facilitate movement in and out of the city. Necessary action will be taken following the event of an accident," he added.