Mall celebration for some unable to return to hometowns

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 26 May 2020

(From left) Nurul Azwa, her sister Nurul Aida and her family taking a wefie in front of Raya decorations at a mall in Penang.

HARI Raya Aidilfitri this year may be a different affair for Muslims in the country with many unable to return to their respective hometowns following the prohibition of interstate balik kampung travels.

That however, did not stop some from having a good celebration, albeit in shopping malls.

Among them was housewife Nurul Aida Faraha Haron, 33, who was spotted shopping at a mall with her family.

She said she and her husband Hizami Mustafa, 33, had to cancel their travel plans for Hari Raya this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“My husband is from Perlis and my hometown is in Negri Sembilan. Our family moved to Penang around two years ago due to my husband’s job as a physiotherapist.

“In previous years, we will celebrate Hari Raya in Perlis and Negeri Sembilan. As we cannot travel and do house visits this year, we decided to bring our children out to make them happy.

“They have been staying at home for more than two months and are bored at home, ” she said when met yesterday, adding that her sister Nurul Azwa Wahida Haron, 25, who is working in Penang, also celebrated Hari Raya with them this year.

Student Nur Qurratu Ainin Yahya and her army boyfriend Nur Azhan Badrun, both 21, were spending time at the mall as they were not allowed to head back to their hometowns.

“I managed to come home a day before the movement control order (MCO) was implemented in March. My hometown is in Kuala Lumpur but I have been staying in Penang since I was young.

“My family will usually head back to Kuala Lumpur for the Raya celebrations but we can only video call and wish each other virtually this year.

“There is no Raya feel at all and we decided to drop by here to do some shopping, ” said Nur Qurratu Ainin.

Nur Azhan said he was on duty on the first day of Hari Raya.

“My hometown is in Seremban but I’m based in Penang.

“I will usually go home for Hari Raya and this is the first time both of us are celebrating Hari Raya together here, ” he said.

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