Health experts question wisdom in mass Klang Valley mall closures just before Aidilfitri
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KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 -- The closure of major malls and supermarkets owing to their inclusion in the Hotspot Identification by Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) system could be ill-judged due to Aidilfitri this week, said health experts.
The government suddently ordered the simultaneous three-day closures during the weekend just before Aidilfitri - typically a peak shopping period when Muslim families purchase items needed for their celebrations - and giving little time for shoppers to react.
AIMST University's School of Medicine Assoc Professor Dr Saraswathi Bina Rai said the timing was unfortunate as she said there was a noticeable increase in crowds at malls in the vicinity of those that were ordered to close.
"I think if there was a good re...
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