Traffic from mainland Penang heading towards the Island came to a halt at the Penang Bridge toll plaza for the one minute of silence today in remembrance of victims of the MH17 tragedy.
The scene was the same at the Batu Maung toll plaza for traffic taking the Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah Bridge heading to the island.
Penang Information Department director, Ishak Ahmad who was among hundreds who observed the minute of silence on the (first) Penang Bridge said all the motorists gave their cooperation in observing the gesture.
“Although there was a traffic crawl for about three kilometres towards the Penang Bridge as a result, no motorist honked.
“Thanks to the police for helping to control the traffic flow,” he said.
At the ferry terminal, hundreds of passengers of the Pulau Rimau ferry and Pulau Undan ferry heading in opposite directions between the mainland and island also observed one minute of silence.
Penang Port public relations officer, Khairol Ikram Salamat said the announcements on the one minute of silence were made simultaneously on all ferries operating today.
Ferry passengers who were in their vehicles were seen getting out to stand next to their vehicles for the minute of silence to show solidarity in remembering the MH17 crash victims.
Earlier, at the ground floor lobby of Komtar which houses several state and federal government offices, about 400 people from all races had gathered for the minute of silence.
Among them were Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, family members of MH17 crash victims and members of the non-profit organisation, Penang Buddhist Tzu Chi Merit Society. – Bernama, August 22, 2014.