Department Store's Items Grow Mould After Left Untouched For 2 Months

Metrojaya staff have since cleaned and disinfected the premises.

Cover image via Twitter @IqbalSheikhAli

Two months have passed since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was implemented and retailers have not had it easy

On Sunday, 10 May, photos went viral showing branded items covered in mould at Metrojaya Suria Sabah Shopping Mall.

Twitter user @IkhbalSheikhAli shared images of shoes, bags, wallets, and belts that had been left untouched due to the pandemic.

In a Facebook post yesterday, 11 May, Metrojaya shared that the store is undergoing a "thorough cleaning process" before it opens to customers in a few days

Staff were seen cleaning and disinfecting the premises in a series of photos and videos.

Metrojaya explained that the viral photos taken were for internal use as they were preparing to open the store.

"There are various reasons how the goods came to be in that condition, and we are still in the process of investigating this," reads the statement.

"All the damaged goods have since been removed from their shelves and been replaced with new stocks (sic)."

The store assured that the health and well-being of their staff and customers are of their utmost priority and that they will continue to take precautionary measures in accordance with COVID-19 preventive guidelines during this time.

Posted by Metrojaya on Monday, May 11, 2020

Posted by Metrojaya on Monday, May 11, 2020

Mould tends to collect on items especially if there is sufficient moisture in the air

Cold air also holds less moisture than warm air. As the air-conditioning in malls were probably switched off during this time, it could explain why the goods had grown mould.

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