JOHOR BARU: This year’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri looks likely to be a quiet affair without much pomp, with many Johoreans opting to shop prudently or within a tighter budget.
The festive season normally sees families spending a significant amount to celebrate with new furniture, clothes and cookies, and preparing many packets of duit raya.
But with the ongoing conditional movement control order (MCO) and limitations on visiting family and friends, many have decided to make do with only spending on the essentials and save money.
This can be seen at shopping centres which are seeing far fewer shoppers than in previous years during the festive season.
Father-of-four Zainudin Abdul Rahim, 55, who works as a manager in Tabung Haji, said that he was reducing his budget for festive attire for his family.
“Last year I spent about RM2,500 on baju raya, but this year I plan to spend only about RM1,500 for my entire family, ” he said when spotted shopping in the city together with his wife Zazalida Kamarudin, 55.
When asked the reason for the reduced budget, he said it was due to the prohibitions against having many visitors this year, and that too only on the first day of Raya.
As such he did not see the need to spend too much on new clothes.
Veterinarian Dr Afiq Sazwan Abdul Aziz, 29, said this year he would be slashing by half the allocation for duit raya due to the lack of visitors to his home.
“Usually I prepare around RM400 in duit raya to give the neighbourhood children who visit my house on Hari Raya.
“But now I think I will just need to spend RM200 for my relatives, especially those from out of state, by sending them e-duit raya, ” he said, adding that he would be celebrating raya with just his wife, son and in-laws who are in the state.
Lorry driver Tukimin Misnam, 62, and his wife Robiah Salleh, 48, are opting to buy new drapes online for their house instead of going to the store.
“Last year we spent over RM300 on new curtains, which we bought from a store that had many promotions during Hari Raya.
“But this time we decided to order our curtains online and spent just around RM200, ” he said, adding that this was not the only way the family was trying to save money.
Tukimin said they managed to utilise the time spent at home during the MCO to repaint the house themselves instead of hiring contractors.
Last week, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced that during the conditional MCO, festive visiting was allowed only by families and neighbours in the same state on the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri, with a maximum of 20 people gathered at any given time, depending on the space available.
The conditional MCO is expected to end on June 9.