Last-minute shopping before going home


Hive of activity: People shopping for the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebration at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman in Kuala Lumpur. — AZMAN GHANI/The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Muslims rushed to do last-minute shopping at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman over the weekend before they journey home to celebrate the long Hari Raya holiday that starts on Friday.

The city’s shopping hotspot was thronged by Raya shoppers as they gathered to buy clothes and goodies.

Student Farah Izzati Muhd Fauzi, 21, said she did her last round of shopping with her family.

“Despite arriving here early, we were surprised to find the place crowded,” she said.

Farah Izzati and her family were in the area at 9am.

“We have been doing Raya shopping every week for the past month, and this was our last stop before returning to our hometown in Johor,” she added.

Farah said she was excited to be celebrating the festival after two years of Covid-19 restrictions.

Newlywed Athirah Sakri, 26, said she was looking forward to celebrating Raya with her husband and had been shopping for clothes even before Ramadan.

The entrepreneur said she made her last stop at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman to buy a new shawl before returning to her hometown in Terengganu.

“I shop here frequently because of the wide variety of goods,” she added.

She said Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman was a one-stop centre, adding that the crowd was “extraordinary” this year compared with even before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fitrah Azman, 24, a first-timer at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, was amazed by the wonderful choice of clothing and bought two Raya outfits.

The production executive from Kedah said it was her first time shopping for Raya this year, and she would be travelling back to her hometown this weekend.

For Azmaliza Abdullah Zaki, 38, she found the place to be so crowded that it was challenging to get a parking spot.

“My brother had no choice but to drop my family here while he looked for a parking spot,” she said, adding that when she and her family had finished shopping, her brother was still going around trying to find parking.

“It was filled with people doing last-minute shopping,” she said.

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