Malaysians thronged hypermarkets and restaurants over the weekend to stock up on supplies and dine with families and friends, ahead of new movement curbs widely expected to be announced by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday (Jan 11) to tackle surging coronavirus cases.
Long queues were seen at supermarkets and hypermarkets, and items such as toilet rolls and vegetables were said to be out of stock at some supermarkets. Two Cabinet ministers issued statements on Sunday urging shoppers not to panic buy.
Lawyer Amna Karmila, 50, was among those who ate out.
“I wanted to take my 16-year-old son for a quick breakfast treat on Saturday before tighter rules kick in as he has been studying hard at home and school is supposed to reopen on Jan 20. I was shocked to see a really long queue of people outside the restaurant,” she told The Straits Times.
Ms Irene Low, a 40-year-old who works in the retail industry, had a meal with her husband’s aunt who had said that it was the “last chance to do so” before new restrictions kicked in.