The photo was taken on the third day of the Movement Control Order. <small> Cover image via heartpatrick/Facebook </small>
With more and more Malaysians complying to the Movement Control Order (MCO) amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, many parts of Malaysia have started to look like ghost towns
<a href="https://images.says.com/uploads/story_source/source_image/772917/5f9f.gif" rel="segment-312966 noopener noreferrer" target="" title="The recent viral footage of an empty street in Jalan Laksamana, Melaka."> <img alt="The recent viral footage of an empty street in Jalan Laksamana, Melaka." src="https://images.says.com/uploads/story_source/source_image/772917/5f9f.gif"></img></a> The recent viral footage of an empty street in Jalan Laksamana, Melaka. <small>Image via Facebook</small>
While there are many viral videos out there showing our empty cities, one photo has rendered many Malaysians speechless at its sheer beauty
In a Facebook post published last Friday, 20 March, Malaysian photographer Patrick Heart shared a picture of an empty highway stretch in Kuala Lumpur.
“Took HeartDrone for a spin from the rooftop of Centrio out towards the city. Have you seen the Federal Highway this clear before?” wrote Patrick in the caption.
At the time of writing, the photo has gone viral with almost 2,000 likes and 1,200 shares.
After Patrick shared the picture with the world, netizens have flooded to the comments section to commend the great shot
"Rare moment, nice picture!" lauded a Facebook user with an added heart emoji.</p> <p>"Kuala Lumpur can actually be so beautiful," commented a Malaysian.</p> <p>"Staring at an empty KL really calms my heart. Who else agrees?" wrote another person.<br></br></p> <p>"Try to take <i>HeartDrone </i>out more and share pictures of the never seen before side of KL," one netizen suggested.</p>
Speaking to SAYS, Patrick revealed that the photo was taken on the third day of MCO
“I was interested in documenting how different the city would look with most of its inhabitants spending time indoors, particularly how the highways would be,” Patrick said in an interview.
“Since the Federal Highway is famous for being jammed up often, I flew my drone over for the shot.
“I was also hoping that the shot can be used to applaud people on doing the right thing by staying indoors and to encourage us to continue to do so until the MCO is over.”
Patrick, who works as a full-time photographer of architecture and interior designs, told us that the photo was taken with a drone, which flew about 800 metres outwards from his condominium rooftop.
Earlier today, 24 March, he also shared another picture of an empty highway in KL, namely Kerinchi Link
He said the photo was taken during the “rush hour”.
“A week into the MCO. We are getting better at staying home. Well done KLites,” read the caption of the photo.
Here is another drone shot he took on the fifth day of MCO
A quick look at Patrick’s Instagram found that he always takes stunning pictures around Malaysia – whether with a DSLR or drone
You can follow Patrick’s Instagram here.
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