Recently, a photo circulated on social media platforms that showed highway users performing their dawn prayers on the emergency lane at Km32 of the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway due to traffic congestion
In the viral photo, people were seen praying on the tarmac between their cars that they had parked on the emergency lane amidst the traffic congestion that was caused by the balik kampung exodus.
It has now prompted Anih Berhad, the concessionaire of the KLK and East Coast Expressway Phase 1 (LPT1), to request people not to pray on the emergency lane due to concerns that it may cause accidents
"We really appreciate the patience of KLK Highway users and also the obedience of Muslims to perform prayers while on their way to the East Coast during the festive season and public holidays," it said in a statement today, 2 August.
"However, as the operator of the KLK Highway, we also request patience and due diligence from road users so as not to perform prayers on the emergency lane due to safety factors."
According to the statement, stopping on the emergency lane can cause accidents as motorcyclists or other vehicles may not be aware of the presence of individuals on the emergency lane.
Meanwhile, the operator advised road users to plan their journey
Anih Berhad said that it hoped highway users will plan their journey, including stopovers at the Rest and Service areas (R&R) along the LPT1 and KLK on their trip back to the Klang Valley.
This is to prepare themselves for anticipated traffic congestion, the statement read.