GEORGE TOWN: Penangites came out in droves to shop at the Ayer Itam market on Thursday (March 19) in spite of the ongoing movement control order (MCO).
As early as 8am, the traffic at the Ayer Itam area was already congested.
The market was bustling with those looking to get their supplies to cook and those who wanted takeaways.
The crowd grew as Penangites enjoyed their morning out despite orders not to congregate in numbers.
The Penang Island City Council (MBPP) released a video on social media showing enforcement officers and personnel using loudspeakers to urge people stay at home and only go out if necessary, such as to seek medical care, get food supplies or if their job required it.
The enforcement officers could be heard saying this was a necessary precautionary measure to ensure containing the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak and that the rules would apply until March 31.