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Shopping without stress at MRT stations

KUALA LUMPUR: Shopping as a retail therapy can be a good way to release stress, and it can be done alone, with family or friends.
However the traffic congestion, time constraint, fuel costs, parking and toll payment are among factors that make one think twice before heading to the shopping centres as these may worsen one’s stress.
But all is not lost after the mass rapid transit (MRT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line became fully operational since July 17, which has impressed Malaysians as almost all of its stations are accessible to shopping centres.
More than 40 shopping centres are reachable through the MRT, including Lot 10, Sungei Wang Plaza, Pavilion and Fahrenheit 88 which are connected to Bukit Bintang station; Kota Raya, Pasar Seni and Petaling Street (Pasar Seni station); Eon Maluri and Sunway Velocity (Maluri station); The Curve and IPC (Mutiara Damansara station); and Cheras Sentral (Taman Connaught station).
For example, from the MRT Cochrane station, three shopping centres, namely Ikea which is 300 metres on foot from the station; MyTown (200 metres) and Aeon Big Jalan Peel (650 metres) are accessible to commuters.
It is even more delightful when the MRT stations are also connected to interesting destinations such as the popular Kajang satay, which is only 100 metres from Stadium Kajang MRT station.
A student majoring in Finance at the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Puncak Alam campus, Nur Aini Husna Husaini, 21, expressed her excitement over the MRT project since it is connected to her favourite shopping malls, 1Utama and Pavilion Kuala Lumpur.
“Usually from my house in Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, Cheras to Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, I have to drive for 30 minutes or one hour during heavy traffic.
“But now with the Bukit Bintang MRT (station), it only needs less than 30 minutes to get there (Pavilion). It not only saves fuel cost but it reduces stress on the road as well,” she said when met by Bernama at Cochrane MRT station, here today.
A government pensioner, Harith Abd Razim, 58, said he was pleased with the existence of MRT stations which are located near to shopping malls and described it as “easy, save and worth it” for family bonding activities.
“Recently, we took the MRT from Bukit Bintang to Kajang station to enjoy Kajang satay. We reached there in less than 30 minutes compared by driving which took more than one hour during heavy traffic…really exhausting.
“As such, I always encourage my children to take the MRT to anywhere,” he said.
Lawyer, Ahmad Sharil Ramli, 25, who resides in Rawang, said the MRT has enabled him to go shopping without having to think about problems of limited parking space and parking costs.
“Usually I head to NU Sentral or KLCC which are accessible through public transport such as LRT (Light Rapid Transit) but now I can go to 1Utama as well because it is connected to Bandar Utama MRT station,” said Ahmad Sharil who parks his car at Sungai Buloh MRT station.
He expressed satisfaction over the MRT services and capability as the trains are punctual, clean and comfortable. -- BERNAMA

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