Rush for necessities in Masjid India

Customers shopping for toothbrushes in Masjid India.

FLOOR cleaner, soap, toothbrush, razor and disinfectant were among the top-selling items at retail shops in Masjid India, Kuala Lumpur, right after the enhanced movement control order (MCO) was lifted on Monday.

After more than 30 days of being under lockdown, residents staying at Selangor Mansion and Malayan Mansion as well as Menara City One, made a beeline to retail shops to stock up on these items.

“I need to give the apartment a complete scrub down after being cramped up with 10 others for so many days, ” said Ahmad Basir of Selangor Mansion.

“We need plenty of detergent and soap to get the job done.

“I bought toothbrushes and razors as all of us need to look decent again, ” added Pawan who also lives in Selangor Mansion.

Residents at Menara City One also shopped for food items like bread, fresh milk and vegetables.

“Bread, bread and bread, ” quipped Dr Nik Nur Eliza Mohamed when asked what was the first thing she bought when the lockdown was lifted.

“I bought wholemeal bread as it was out of supply for weeks.

Many people headed to spice shops in Masjid India after the enhanced MCO was lifted.Many people headed to spice shops in Masjid India after the enhanced MCO was lifted.

“Only white bread was available at the grocery store in the condo.”A spokesman from Mydin Store in Masjid India said the fast-moving items included food products such as milk, instant noodles and curry powder.

“But floor detergent, toothbrushes, soaps and razors were selling fast, ” he said.

Hardware and Building Materials Merchant Association of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor (PPBLBKLS) secretary Low Chung King said top-selling items reported by members included liquid disinfectant, pressure sprays, fog machines, drain pipe cleaner and baking soda.

Hardware shops in Kuala Lumpur are now open under conditional MCO. They were previously not allowed to operate during the MCO that was in effect since March 18.

Even though the National Security Council (MKN) allowed hardware shops to operate throughout the second phase of the MCO, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) remained steadfast in not allowing them to open back then.

“Since Monday, liquid disinfectant and sanitation items, including face masks, gloves and thermometers were our top-selling products, ” Low said.

“There are also a lot of orders for DIY (do-it-yourself) items like paint, painting tools like brushes, building materials, bricks, door locks and faucets.

“Many people are stocking up on DIY items as they want to be prepared just in case another lockdown is enforced.”

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