KUALA LUMPUR – After multiple lockdowns, the long awaited day of Malaysians being able to travel interstate had finally come after 90% of the adult population was vaccinated.
Following Prime Minister Ismail Sabri’s announcement of lifting travel restrictions on Sunday (Oct 10), many were overjoyed at the prospect of reuniting with their families.
As such, major highways are expected to see unprecedented traffic jams with Malaysians making a beeline for their hometowns.
One step ahead
Some could barely contain their excitement over the news, such as this TikToker who camped near the toll before travel restrictions were officially lifted.
In the video, Muhd Fareast said he and his friends did so to avoid getting caught in a massive crawl.
We’re just waiting to enter the toll plaza once the clock strikes 12.01 am.”
His video has since garnered the attention of netizens, who wished him a safe trip back home.
Another Malaysian, Muhammad Hidayat Istaufik was pining for his mother, whom he hadn’t seen for months.
In an interview with Malay Mail, he said that his family immediately went on a 4-hour journey from Seremban to Perak as soon as interstate travel was allowed.
The last time I went home was in early January.”
In another touching story, @tinaozair shared how her father was finally able to meet his brother.
She added that the siblings lived in different states, with one in Raub and the other in Alor Setar.
In the video, the brothers were clearly overwhelmed by the reunion as they broke into tears while embracing each other tightly.
For those on the way home, please be safe on the road! Make sure to tell your parents that you love them too!
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