Forced to put up in hotels

Many people were unable to go home on Saturday as roads were inaccessible following massive flooding in the Klang Valley.

Some who were stranded in their workplaces or caught in traffic had no choice but to spend the night in nearby hotels.

Ten employees of a sports store in Petaling Jaya entered a nearby hotel because roads to their homes were closed due to flooding.

One of them, sports consultant Raja Azmin Raja Anwar Junidi, 25, said his company had booked rooms at a hotel located within walking distance of the store.

“We are very grateful for the arrangement as we will have a very difficult time getting home on Saturday after closing time.

“Seven of us went to work the next day while three others went home as road conditions improved,” he said.

SC Ooi of Shah Alam had to check into a hotel near Section 26 after being stuck in the area from around 3pm on Saturday with high water levels.

“All roads leading out of the area, including Persiaran Kuala Selangor, were flooded.

“I got stuck and decided to check in to a nearby hotel at 7pm.

“There were four people on the waiting list in front of me,” said Oi.

I finally got a room at 8:30pm and by that time there were about 10 more on the queue.

“(Sunday) morning, the road to Subang Jaya was impassable, but I could not go home to Kota Kimu Ning because part of the Shah Alam Expressway was closed to cars.

“Only four-wheel drive and other large vehicles were allowed to pass.

“So, I have to stay with my niece in Subang Jaya tonight,” she said.

Oe added that some of the hotel’s guests also included vacationers from outbound stations who had to extend their stay because they were unable to return home.

Meanwhile, Datuk Rosilan Salih of TTDI Gaya, Shah Alam checked into a house in Bukit Jelotung while on his way home after learning that his house had been flooded.

“I was in Gerantot, Pahang, on Saturday when my wife called to say that water had entered our house and there was no electricity.

“So, I checked into a family home and got my wife and four children to join me.

We spent the night there and went home to clean the house today (Sunday). The power hasn’t been restored yet, so we’ll spend another night at home.”

Malaysian Economy Hotels Association (Selangor Branch) Chairman Ng Hong Kit said hotels in Puchong, Kota Damansara, Seri Kembangan, Bandar Sunway and Kelana Jaya reported an increase in occupancy on Saturday.

However, he could not confirm that this was due to the guests not being able to return home due to the floods.

Hotels located along Damansara Puchong Expressway said the number of guests has increased.

“However, hotels do not usually ask guests for the purpose of their stay.

“Therefore, we cannot say definitively that these people are stranded by the floods,” he said.

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