Press Release

Car-free Sunday in KL centre
21 September 2013

GOING GREEN: Move to promote public transport

KUALA LUMPUR: IN an effort to support the government's policy to reduce carbon emission by 40 per cent by 2020, the Malaysia National Cycling Federation has initiated the "Kuala Lumpur Car Free Day" movement.

Its vice-president Datuk Naim Mohamad said the movement would be a first for Malaysia, an inspiration from the "World Car Free-Day" movement held on Sept 22 annually around the world.

"If we can reduce vehicle pollution for just one day, the effort can go a long way in the fight against global warming," he said, pointing out that global warming had led to rising sea levels due to melting ice in the Arctic and Antarctic, increased hurricanes, drought, heavy rain and floods.

Meanwhile, motorists gave the thumbs up to the initiative and those interviewed pledged to join in the "World Car-Free Day" by leaving their vehicles at home tomorrow.

A 48-year-old taxi driver, who wished to be known as Ibnu Alwan, said he was willing to be off the road for four hours even though he would lose about RM50 to RM60.

"I support the campaign as it encourages people to use public transportation. It can also reduce traffic congestion and emission from vehicles."

Another motorist, Laila Masrur Mohd Nasir, 26, said the campaign encouraged motorists to leave their vehicles at home and opt for public transportation which should be expanded to other cities and towns.

"I am also very proud to see Malaysians getting involved in the fight against global warming."

Nabila Diana, 24, said while leaving their cars for a day might cause some inconvenience to motorists, people should make the move towards using public transport.

"I hope people will support this campaign for a better city environment."

The Kuala Lumpur Car-Free Day will be held in a 4km loop around Bukit Nanas from Jalan Dang Wangi to the Golden Triangle area via Jalan Ampang, Jalan P. Ramlee, Jalan Raja Chulan, Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail.

Source: New Straits Times


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