Netizens were shocked and disgusted when a "RM6.99" rat was spotted in a popular grocery store in the 1 Utama Shopping Mall
Photos and videos of the incident surfaced on social media about two weeks ago, where a rat was clearly seen on a shelf, in between boxes of milk.
The incident reportedly happened recently in the grocery section of AEON at 1 Utama Shopping Centre in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Over time, the postings went viral on social media.
Quite a number of people questioned if the rodent was "sleeping or dead" since it appeared to be lying motionless in a video recording of the sighting
Many concerned Malaysians voiced out their worries over the possibility of contamination and the unhygienic threats posed by rats
Responding to the matter, the management of AEON has issued a statement to address the issue
On 29 March, the AEON management acknowledged that such an incident did happen at its premise in AEON Bandar Utama Store and apologised for it.
The management said that corrective measures were taken on the same day the incident happened and is working continuously to ensure that the incident will not happen again.
However, AEON has been ordered to cease its operation for two weeks
A notice from Selangor Health Department that was spotted in AEON has been circulating on social media, stating that the grocery section of AEON at 1Utama is to be closed from 31 March until 13 April.
The Health Ministry confirmed with Free Malaysia Today (FMT) that AEON has been ordered to shut down under Section 11 of the Food Act 1983 after the discovery of the rat.
They have been given a total of 14 days to clean up the store.
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