Kuala Lumpur is bizarrely empty


Kuala Lumpur feels like a ghost town today, the first day of the movement control order (MCO) as businesses shutter and tens of thousands of workers work from home.

The MCO came into effect last night. The country’s capital is clearly deserted. Non-essential services had been directed to cease operation. Streets are visibly empty. 

Restaurants are only entertaining takeaways. Thousands of people left the Klang Valley yesterday and made their way to their “kampung” despite the order to remain at their current living addresses. 


Grocery shops and supermarkets are open to allow people to purchase necessary items. Human activities are limited. People are practising “social distancing” as the country’s recorded two deaths due to the coronavirus yesterday. Buses and light rail systems are also empty despite they continue to operate as usual. 

Construction sites are also deserted with no sign of activities. The risk of being fined by the authorities has forced companies to stop work at these construction sites.

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