Viral photos on social media show that Malaysians swept supermarket shelves clean in a panic buying frenzy following the Prime Minister's recent Movement Control Order (MCO) announcement
Yesterday, 11 January, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin broke the news regarding movement restrictions in eight states and federal territories.
Not long after that, photos of empty shelves at a local supermarket started to make the rounds on Facebook.
Photos were uploaded to the Facebook page dubbed '我们是马来西亚人 We are Malaysians' along with a caption that read, "MCO, finished sweeping."
In the photos, you can see that people rushed to grab items such as eggs, vegetables, and bread
Many netizens expressed their disapproval and said that this should not have happened the second time around
One netizen wrote, "Really can't understand. Not the first time MCO, still behave as if they're totally not allow to go out and will die of hunger or no more foods for them (sic)."
Meanwhile, another user commented, "First [MCO] before this like this also. They don't know ah [MCO] still can go out. Yeah lah, only one person but still can go out buy groceries. Now second time [MCO] still same."
"This is the second time government implemented [MCO]. Why should these people still have to panic?" another person asked.
Yesterday, the Prime Minister assured that there is sufficient supply in all retail sectors
During his speech, he said, "The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs has assured that supply in all retail sectors is sufficient. Monitoring of consumer goods such as sugar, cooking oil, flour, rice, white bread, milk powder, chicken, vegetables, eggs, onions, hand sanitisers, and face mask will be performed daily."
The MCO will be implemented in Penang, Selangor, Melaka, Johor, Sabah, and three Federal Territories — Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya, and Labuan: