The article in The Star says driving through the city was such a breeze and I can imagine that.
I've been asked whether shops are open during Chinese New Year. Oh yes, KL is open every day of the year including major festivals. However, if you are looking to visit Chinatown during the Chinese New Year you might be disappointed because most, if not all, of the shops run by the Chinese community would be closed for business and remain closed for the next few days. Elsewhere in the city, shops are open including fastfood outlets and shopping complexes. By the way, 2014 is Visit Malaysia Year, so what better time than to visit Malaysia this year!