Weighing their options of stocking up for a month

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 04 Apr 2020

Chu (seated on the floor) and his colleagues at work pre-MCO.

AS MORE and more new Covid-19 cases emerge, Perak folk find themselves considering to stock up food and other essentials for at least a month.

They did not buy very much initially when the first movement control order (MCO) was announced, thinking that the situation would improve. But now their supply is running low.

“When the first MCO was announced, I did not panic buy and only bought enough to last a week.

“But seeing how more Covid-19 cases are being recorded in the country and the extension of the MCO, I am considering to buy at least a month’s worth of groceries in advance, ” said Nur Hairina Muhsin, a 32-year-old administrator from Batu Gajah.

Hairina said she and her husband still received their salaries.

“I sympathise with those who lost their source of income due to the MCO. It is truly a hard time for all of us, ” she added.

Outdoor equipment company director Mike Chu Chin Hong, from Ipoh, said he had been brainstorming for ideas to keep his business afloat.

The 30-year-old said he was trying out digital marketing and website building services to generate revenue.

“Sales have dropped since the MCO took effect. People are not comfortable with spending their money and also our product range is not considered as essential items.

“I think we just need to work extra hard, ” he said, adding that his staff too feared losing their job.

“While I may not be able to predict what is going to happen after the MCO ends, I do believe that it will take businesses a while before they recover, ” added Chu.

Housewife K. Nantini, 29, also from Ipoh, was relieved she managed to bring her mother to stay with her for the MCO duration.

“I have been worried about Covid-19 and have asked my mother, who was staying alone, to stay with me prior to the initial MCO.

“She was bored at first and insisted on going home to feed her cats and dogs, but looking at the scenario in our country, she slowly understands the need to stay with me.

“She has diabetes, so I still need to take her to the nearest clinic for a routine check-up, ” she said, adding that her mother’s neighbour had agreed to take care of her mother’s pets.

Nantini said she was also keeping in touch with her other family members to check on their well- being.

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