ONLINE shopping remains the most popular channel for Johoreans to purchase their Hari Raya Aidilfitri must-have items.
Mother of two, Alia Maisarah Ismail, 31, said she bought baju raya for her whole family online, mostly from small businesses.
“I was planning to buy another set of baju raya for my family at one of the bazaars in Johor Baru.
“Unfortunately, they have all been closed, ” she said.
Alia, who lives in Taman Perling, said the closure of several malls and Hari Raya bazaars in Johor Baru had not made much difference to her festive preparations.
“We have decided to keep it simple and I have already bought enough cookies to hopefully last until Raya is over, ” she said, adding that she bought most of the cookies online.
Recent graduate Sara Soraya Mohamed Shamaun, 27, who lives in Jalan Tampoi with her sister, four nephews and nieces, is also an avid fan of online shopping, even for groceries.
“We will normally buy our groceries through a hypermarket online delivery service to reduce contact with people outside.
“There is also a sundry shop near the house that we visit to buy smaller stuff, ” she said, adding that they would only leave the house to attend to important matters such as going to the bank.
Sara also said that she was skipping her Hari Raya shopping this year, as her mother had bought and mailed her a set of baju kurung from her hometown in Perak.
“My sister bought her baju raya as well as some Raya cookies online.
“We also baked some of the cookies ourselves for Raya this year, ” she said.
Bakery owner Nurul Hidayah Ismail, 37, said she purchased her baju kurung online in the first week of Ramadan to avoid any delays in having the item sent out to her.
“I believe that most people will also be buying festive items online this Raya, especially now that we are under the movement control order.
“I was afraid that my parcel might reach me later than expected if I were to order too close to Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
“For cookies, most were bought from a bazaar near my house in Bandar Dato’ Onn, ” she said, adding that she managed to buy them just two hours before the bazaars were closed because of the MCO.
“I managed to make my way to the bazaar to buy several boxes of cookies, along with some tudung, ” said Nurul. — By VENESA DEVI