MELAKA: Pet shop owners saw a quiet first day of the movement control order, a day after witnessing panic buying.
They were taken aback by the surge in the number of animal lovers scrambling to get pet food supplies on Tuesday.
Cat Supermarket (Pasaraya Kucing) owner Datuk Chew Chert Fong said there were so many customers at his outlet in Bukit Baru that all the parking spaces in the vicinity of his shop were occupied.
“Some had to park and walk a distance to my shop, ” he added.
Chew had to limit the number of people entering his shop and extend his operating hours due to the rush.
“Most of them were stocking up cat food, ” he said.
As a result, there were fewer customers yesterday.
“Many were probably unaware that pet shops are allowed to operate throughout the MCO period, ” he said.
Another pet shop owner from Malim, who requested anonymity, said he never expected his outlet to be overcrowded on Tuesday.
“I sold my stock for the entire month in just a day, ” he said.
Pet owner Ng Choo Wei, 43, said he rushed to get feed for his rabbits as he was unsure if pet shops were allowed to operate during the MCO period.
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