As expected, this year Aidilfitri comes with a terror traffic jam because it will be celebrated on Saturday, 13th October 2007. Thus, leaving no extra room & space for people to head to their hometown before the event. As schools are granted to take extra 2 days pre-holiday on Thursday & Friday, people start congesting all the highways and trunk roads as early as Wednesday evening.

My journey to my hometown couldn’t escaped this terrifying drive too. The actual plan to start at 01:30 am Thursday morning went smoothly, as I leaved my apartment nearly at 1:45 am, together with my brother-in-law’s family. When these 2 cars approaching Karak Toll near UIA, I started to realize that the traffic jam is in front of me soon. The massive numbers of cars at the toll booth and along the 60 km KL – Karak’s Highway stretch tell everything. When it comes to cross the town like Bentong, Raub, Kuala Lipis, Gua Musang, Kuala Krai, and Ketereh, all the traffics will stuck, and people start to loose their patient. They start to take extra driving class such as using emergency lane, cut-off the ques, overspeed, and some are totally lost their mind to drive on the opposite lane, eventhough there are incoming cars, lorries and buses.

After all, I had just break my own record traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu by using Lipis-Gua Musang roads when it cost me 12 hours to complete the 446 km stretch. I arrive at my home nearly at 2:00 pm Thursday evening. The pictures shows the traffic jams before I reached Kuala Krai’s, nearly 15 km before town.

The main reason why this extreme traffic jams happened is because everybody have to cross the town. There’s no bypass road for Bentong, Raub, Gua Musang, Kuala Krai and Ketereh where those cities are in critical condition during festive holiday. We can’t stop the increasing numbers of vehicles on the road, we also can’t stop the huge number of people migrating from their hometown to Kuala Lumpur. Moreover, we can’t educate people to drive properly and have a safe journey. Their manner will stand by themselves forever. But what government can do is build necessary bypass road for this selected towns as they have built for Machang’s (Kelantan) town. I believe, the new Machang bypass road had saved at least one hour of driving time.