On Thursday, 14 January, Putrajaya UMNO Youth decided to hold a free chicken distribution event to help people affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO) that is in place in Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, and Putrajaya among other areas from 13 to 26 January
At the event, during which some 2,000 chickens were announced to be distributed outside an animal shelter in Presint 9, Putrajaya, thousands of residents showed up, according to viral photos of a massive crowd shared by a Media Prima Berhad journalist on his official Twitter account last night, 15 January.
The photos show seemingly endless lines of cars and motorcycles, causing congestion.
The massive gathering, however, has given way to worry among netizens that it would start a "chicken cluster" in Putrajaya
According to a report in Sinar Harian, nearly 2,000 Putrajaya residents thronged to the distribution site around 4pm on Thursday, with the situation causing congestion up to the main road of Precinct 9.
The sight of the crowd raised public concern over the COVID-19 infection in Putrajaya, which has recorded a total of 515 COVID-19 cases so far. Of which, 24 were recorded on Friday, 15 January.
According to Putrajaya UMNO Youth vice-chief Mohd Zushaidey Zulkifli, the division had obtained the necessary approvals
He said that the approvals were obtained from the National Security Council (MKN) and the police, adding that the division, however, had not expected to receive such an overwhelming response.
"We were concerned about the standard operating procedures due to which the distribution was done through a drive-through and did not involve any contact," Mohd Zushaidey told Sinar Harian.
"At first, we had planned to give two chickens to each person, but since there were too many people, we gave each person only one chicken," he said, adding that the event was aimed at helping the people.
Putrajaya district police chief ACP Mohd Fadzil Ali has since stated that the event did not have approval as it was held during MCO: