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Has the fear and paranoia in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic gotten the best of Malaysians?
Amidst viral rumors of a lockdown being enforced following a spike in coronavirus cases in the country, it appears that some Malaysians are dashing to their local grocers and supermarkets to stock up on essential goods and supplies.
#panicbuying has hit Malaysia! Late to the party, the country is now closing down its businesses, schools and offices and people cannot get enough toilet paper and Milo, I would guess. pic.twitter.com/KI7wxIZCet— Vinay Biradar (@vinaybiradar23) March 16, 2020
Depictions of long queues, empty store shelves and people desperately trying to do their shopping have been circulating on social media and instant messaging Apps.
This is what stupidity and sheep mentality under the pretense of “being prepared” and “better safe than sorry” looks like. Panic buying in a local Tesco. #COVID19malaysia #Malaysia pic.twitter.com/8yBuNItmf6March 16, 2020
Meanwhile, the Malay Mail reports that the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) is cracking down on individuals and entities looking to make a quick profit by hoarding and reselling cleaning products in light of soaring demand.
Though TRP is not saying that you should not prepare for any possible eventualities, we would like to remind our dear readers to always be considerate of your purchases; to buy only what you need and remember that our fellow Malaysians might need supplies, too.
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