Road closures, checks cause massive jams in Klang Valley

The Star – Sunday November 11, 2007
KUALA LUMPUR: Several roads in the city centre were temporarily closed, resulting in massive traffic jams in the Klang Valley yesterday.

Among the roads that were closed to motorists were Jalan Tun Perak, Jalan Parlimen, Jalan Raja Laut, Jalan Kinabalu, Jalan Istana and Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman.
Traffic bottleneck: Vehicles trickling through a police roadblock at a section of the Sprint Expressway in Petaling Jaya yesterday.
These roads were closed because of a gathering in the city organised by The Coalition for Clean and Fair Election (Bersih), a group of 60 non-governmental organisations supported by five Opposition parties.
City police chief Deputy Commissioner Datuk Zulhasnan Najib Baharuddin said roadblocks were also set up at the border of the Federal Territory along roads leading into the city.
He said that about 4,000 policemen were deployed throughout the city to ensure the safety of the public.
Checks revealed that among the roads that experienced traffic congestion were the Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway, Sprint Expressway, and the stretch between the Sungai Besi toll plaza and the TUDM airstrip.
The police apologised for the inconvenience, saying they had to carry out their duties.