Lockdown ruins leather products in Malaysian mall as mould covers them

First Published 12, May 2020, 2:52 PM

COVID-19 has greatly affected people and businesses across the world. Malaysia’s lockdown has been extended till June 9 and leather goods retailers in malls have taken a hit.
 

<p>Goods in departmental stores in Malaysia are exposed to conditions that are unlike what has been experienced when there are people around to ensure a basic level of maintenance.</p>

Goods in departmental stores in Malaysia are exposed to conditions that are unlike what has been experienced when there are people around to ensure a basic level of maintenance.

<p>Not only have business takings fallen to zero, leather products have been ruined by mould after being left untouched in a Malaysian mall which had to close down two months ago due to the coronavirus.&nbsp;<br />
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Not only have business takings fallen to zero, leather products have been ruined by mould after being left untouched in a Malaysian mall which had to close down two months ago due to the coronavirus. 
 

<p>A stand of leather and faux leather items was found covered in mould after employees returned to the store in Malaysia after a two-month lockdown due to coronavirus.</p>

A stand of leather and faux leather items was found covered in mould after employees returned to the store in Malaysia after a two-month lockdown due to coronavirus.

<p>The startling images of ruined products were taken as the country prepares to enter its third month of coronavirus lockdown.</p>

The startling images of ruined products were taken as the country prepares to enter its third month of coronavirus lockdown.

<p>Loafers fell victim to the mould at this store in Malaysia after they shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. A pair of shoes has turned yellow due to the mould.<br />
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Loafers fell victim to the mould at this store in Malaysia after they shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. A pair of shoes has turned yellow due to the mould.
 

<p>In the images, which have been shared over 44,000 times on social media, leather products on display including shoes, bags and belts can be seen covered in mould.</p>

In the images, which have been shared over 44,000 times on social media, leather products on display including shoes, bags and belts can be seen covered in mould.

<p>Leather bags began to be studded with mould after employees shut shop due to the coronavirus crisis two months ago.</p>

Leather bags began to be studded with mould after employees shut shop due to the coronavirus crisis two months ago.

<p>The photos showed the extent of fungal growth on some leather or faux-leather products in a departmental store that has not seen patrons for several weeks now.<br />
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The photos showed the extent of fungal growth on some leather or faux-leather products in a departmental store that has not seen patrons for several weeks now.
 

<p>One reason could be due to the increase in humidity assuming that the air-conditioner has been turned off and the lack of handling of the products that has allowed the mould to accumulate.<br />
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One reason could be due to the increase in humidity assuming that the air-conditioner has been turned off and the lack of handling of the products that has allowed the mould to accumulate.
 

<p>These images are likely to have been taken from Metrojaya Suria Sabah.</p>

These images are likely to have been taken from Metrojaya Suria Sabah.

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