Retailers seeing a return of shoppers in malls


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 23 May 2020

In the Raya spirit: Elyani Sobri, 35, video calling her daughter to show a baju kurung at a shopping centre in Petaling Jaya. — Sia Hong Kiau/The Star

PETALING JAYA: Several malls in the country are seeing a return in shoppers in the lead up to the Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations this weekend.

Sunway Malls associate director, brands communications Darren Chear said more outlets were now being opened to the public since the conditional movement control order (MCO) kicked in.

Chear said during the MCO, only essential services such as the supermarket, pharmacy and convenient stores were allowed to operate in the malls.

“However in the last two weeks, about 80-90% of the shops began opening. Only the cinemas remain closed.

“In terms of people coming to visit the malls, there is an improvement, ” he said.

Sunway Malls has seven retail developments under its belt, which include Sunway Pyramid, Sunway Putra Mall and Sunway Velocity Mall.

Chear said people were getting used to the new normal and retailers have ensured that they practised the standard operating procedure implemented.

“It’s not as fantastic as it was before but we are happy that things are improving, ” he added.

Malaysia Retail Chain Association president Datuk Seri Garry Chua said retailers were hoping for a positive post-MCO revival plan from the government.

He said the government should create value for a post-Covid-19 economic plan.

“The government should aggressively market Malaysia. In China, the government gave away about two billion yuan worth of vouchers to merchants to help revive the economy, ” he said yesterday.

Chua said such a move could be emulated in Malaysia to help the economy.

He added that he would be meeting with the Tourism and Culture Minister next week to discuss ways to boost the tourism industry.

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