The large-scale National Day celebration yesterday (31 August) was a success after 2 years of limited events and festivals due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
It was reported that tens of thousands of Malaysians had been present at the Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur to experience the eventful morning.
While the overall experience was unforgettable, the only thing that Malaysians have complained about is the massive bottlenecks in our public transportation system.
lrt masjid jamek tak bergerak matttt 😵💫 pic.twitter.com/dVVvgzA8Nf— manis 🧚🏻♀️ (@inssjane) August 31, 2022
On social media, many have voiced out about the malfunctioning escalators, ticketing machines, and gantries at LRT stations, especially at the Masjid Jamek LRT station, where at least half of the ticketing machines were not in operation.
In addition, only one of the 8 exit gantries at the station accepts tokens while the rest were reserved for commuters who use Touch ‘N Go (TnG) cards.
nak keluar dari lrt masjid jamek pun stuck dalam 30 minit. Kesian yang bawa anak kecik/baby tu, dengan poor ventilation nya. Berkicap habis pic.twitter.com/GKFYcKFW9j— Diana (@dianaideris_) August 31, 2022
On Twitter, netizen @shahhazhar tagged the PDRM’s official Twitter page and urged the police to do something about the crowd, at the same time, pointing out that the crowds at Masjid Jamek were “too cramped” as people were packed like sardines and “children were suffering from heatstroke”.
Another netizen, @arnaabkr shared a couple of photos of the crowds at the Masjid Jamek LRT station, saying “This is just an LRT station, not even the afterlife (padang mahsyar).”
Responding to the congestion, LRT operator Rapid Rail Sdn Bhd at 9.05 am announced that it will close the platform 1 of the Masjid Jamek station.
The station was later reopened at 10 am and their regular services resumed.
The incident has led to more criticisms from netizens who said Rapid KL should have prepared itself for the Merdeka Day celebrations.
The 2022 National Day celebration was expected to draw at least 50,000 people, but it is reported that close to 100,000 people were in attendance.