Why Were There So Many People Lining Up Outside A KL Mall Today?

Several can be seen standing in the hot sun.

Cover image via Siti Syakhila/Facebook

Photos showing long queues of people standing outside a mall in KL went viral on social media today, 4 May

The Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), which began today, saw many waiting outside KWC Kenanga Wholesale City.

In less than five hours, photos posted by Facebook user Siti Syakhila have been shared over 25,000 times.

Several people can be seen waiting under the hot sun for the shopping complex to open, as some claimed that they were Raya shoppers.

Someone posted a video of the incident.

Speculations immediately rose on social media, as people commented that the lack of social distancing in the queues was bound to create more problems

Image via Twitter
Image via Twitter
Image via Twitter

It turns out that the people lining up were not there to shop

Assistant Advertising and Promotion Manager of Kenanga Wholesale City Complex Wendy Lam told Astro Awani that they were actually staff who work at the mall and were not customers. 

Workers had to go through temperature screening and other precautionary measures before entering the building.

"Therefore, there is a delay for us to get all these employees in to ensure the safety of every customer who comes to the complex," Wendy explained to the news portal.

In a press statement to SAYS, KWC Kenaga Wholesale City wrote that they "strictly followed the recommended guidelines requiring all tenants and shoppers entering the mall to wear face masks, sanitise their hands, check their body temperature, record their contact information, and practise social distancing of one meter".

Image via Astro Awani

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