According to a report in Malaysian paper The Star, heavy vehicles are banned from road travel for two days each side of the Chinese New Year, the Islamic celebration of Eid al-Fitr, at the end of the month long Ramadan fast, and Diwali, the Hindu ‘festival of lights’, leaving crane owners facing almost a week of lost work every year.

The association got a chance to put it’s request to the government when depouty home minister Datuk Tan Chai Ho visitied its 20th anniversary celebrations on Saturday 8 December.

Lai Keng Guan, president of the country’s Mobile Crane Owners Association, told The Star: “We hope the Government will consider our request and allow us on the roads between 6am and midnight during the festive seasons. We have to stop for four days and this has affected us,and slowed down the work at construction sites as well.”