KL cops declare ‘no-fly zone’ ahead of New Year do

Thousands are expected to join in celebrations to usher in the new year tomorrow.

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have warned of action against those who fly drones during the coming New Year Eve celebration.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Mazlan Lazim said the use of drones by the public during the celebration would not be allowed, and that police would act to kill any drone flown in the area.

“A special police team will use a special device to jam or kill a drone which is flown by any individual in the area.

“We seek the cooperation of the public against flying drones as it is an offence to do so and we do not want a collision of drones flown by members of the public with those belonging to the authorities,” he said, adding that a drone could crash and injure others.

He was speaking to the media on road closures and traffic control during New Year Eve celebrations in the city.

Mazlan said over 1,000 police officers would be on duty from 8am tomorrow to after midnight.

He said over 20,000 visitors were expected for the celebration which would be held simultaneously with the launching of the Visit Malaysia Year 2020 as well as a Malaysian Christmas Open House.

Mazlan also announced the closure of 30 main roads in the capital as well as in Putrajaya from 8pm tomorrow.

The affected roads are Jalan Kuching, Jalan Raja around Dataran Merdeka, Jalan Ampang, Jalan Yap Kwan Seng, Jalan Raja Chulan to Jalan Bukit Bintang, Jalan Imbi, Jalan Jinjang Utara and several major roads around the Putrajaya Corporation Complex.

Mazlan said several locations were expected to be areas of visitors’ focus, including Dataran Merdeka, the Putrajaya Corporation Complex, KLCC, Pavillion Shopping Centre, Sunway Velocity Cheras, Jinjang Utara Public Field and Solaris Publika.

“The public should opt for public transportations such as Light Rail Transit (LRT) which has been extended until 1.30am.

“Inquiries can be made by contacting KL Traffic Hotline at 03-20719777 or Kuala Lumpur Police Hotline at 03-21159999 or the nearest police station,” he added.