AS Hari Raya Aidilfitri nears, shops in Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur, are once again welcoming customers.
A check by StarMetro last weekend revealed a significant increase in foot traffic, unlike the previous week where sales were sluggish and shoppers were few and far between.
Although interstate travel has been prohibited under the conditional movement control order (MCO), many shoppers said they would still be buying new clothes for Hari Raya.
Muhd Safuan Amir Hamzah, 31, who came with his wife from Rawang, said Jalan TAR was the best place to shop as there were more options.
“We wear face masks and sanitise our hands before entering and leaving the premises.
“We are happy to write down our details upon entry as it would make contact tracing easier in case Covid-19 infections are detected,” said the newlywed who cannot return to his hometown of Penang this Raya.
Aisyah Yusoff, 34, from Wangsa Maju, left her two children, aged three and two, with her husband at home.
“I dare not bring them along because of Covid-19,” she said when met shopping for children’s clothes.
“I want my children to be happy during Hari Raya in their new outfits,” said Aisyah, who was sad about not being able to go back to her hometown in Penang to celebrate with her parents.
Muhd Zulkarnain Maled, 27, said although the Hari Raya celebration this year would be different, it would be no less festive than in previous years.
“The Hari Raya period lasts for a month so we would still have plenty of time to celebrate,” he said.
Zulkarnain, who came from Kota Damansara with his mother, said he was helping his family and close friends do their Raya shopping as many preferred to stay home during the MCO period.
Suriana Ismail, 35, from Sentul, said she normally avoids shops with long queues.
The mother of three, who was spotted buying traditional wear
for her children, said she would be visiting her in-laws this year as they live only one floor above her apartment.
Meanwhile, the atmosphere at Jalan Masjid India was more subdued while some premises in Jalan Melayu nearby, remain closed.
The area was placed under enhanced MCO due to high Covid-19 infections at Malayan Mansion, Selangor Mansion and Menara City One condominium.
Songkok shop owner Zulfadli Rosdi, 32, said sales had dropped by 60% this year as people were scared to go out due to Covid-19.
“In past years, I would close my shop at 6pm and reopen after breaking fast but this year I have been closing at 5pm due to the lack of customers.”
Zulfadli said he was the third generation to be involved in the business after his grandmother and father.
To improve business, he called on Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to conduct regular checks on foreigners who were doing business in the area illegally as they were drawing customers away from shops like his.
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