Panic buying after news on deployment of army to enforce MCO

Pictures of shoppers at a supermarket, believed to be in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur taken from social media.

By John Isaac

MALAYSIANS once again went on a panic-buying spree following news that the army would be deployed at midnight on Sunday to help enforce the movement control order (MCO).

Supermarkets and pharmacies were once again filled with people as they stocked up on food items and other essentials.

Defence Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob had said the army was called in to assist the police in ensuring people stayed home.

He said though the police had reported that adherence to the order was increasing, there were still people who disregarded it.

All other rules pertaining to the MCO remained, including the operations of supermarkets, pharmacies and clinics which would be open for the public to get essentials.

Ismail Sabri denied that the government was going to invoke the emergency order and urged the people not to believe fake news.