Malaysian clothing store in chaos as hundreds seek sales promotion

By Dat Nguyen   April 3, 2023 | 11:52 pm PT
Malaysian clothing store in chaos as hundreds seek sales promotion
Screen grabs of crowd outside Starvilion store (left), police arriving at scene (middle) and security guard ushering crowd (right). Photos by TikTok/@hazwanjaafar and @uciluna
Around 500 people swarmed a clothing store in Malaysian city Shah Alam in the weekend to buy discounted items for as low as MYR1 (23 U.S. cents), which caused chaos and required police intervention.

The shop, StarVillon, offered its first 100 customers the opportunity to buy clothes at RM1 as part of its sales Saturday morning. It also promised to give the next 50 shoppers each a free shirt, The Straits Times reported.

But things got out of hand when up to 500 people started shoving and pushing each other as they tried to grab as many items possible.

The New Straits Times reported that one security guard at the store was injured and was carried away by a colleague.

Local police received a complaint regarding the incident by 10:30 a.m. and the store by 11:45 a.m. decided to shut up shop for safety reasons, said police chief of the Shah Alam district Mohd Iqbal Ibrahim.

He advised the public against being "too emotional" over promotions during the festive Hari Raya season and reminded business owners to be considerate to prevent similar future incidents.

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