Thursday, March 20, 2014

BY-ELECTION FEVER: Kajang gets welcome spike in business

The Sun Daily, Tuesday, 18 March 2014

KAJANG - The campaigning for the Kajang by-election has given a boost to the local economy.

D'Warung Bawal supervisor Mat Rodzi said that his stall has seen an increase in customers since the campaign began.

"We are usually packed during lunch hour. But now, we have supporters from Barisan Nasional (BN), PAS and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) coming by our stall, to the point we do not have enough chairs," he said.

Mat, who is also the chef at the fried ikan bawal and chicken stall located outside Sekolah Rendah Agama Sg Kantan in Sg Kantan, welcomed the increase in business.

Meanwhile, cendol seller Syed Kadir Ibrahim has also been having increase in sales recently.

Syed Kadir, who operates along Jalan Mendaling, said he was now selling about 50 to 55 bowls of cendol per day and hopes that business would continue to be brisk.

A hotel manager, who only wanted to be known as Hussein, said his occupancy rate was almost reaching full capacity.

"On a normal day, it is about 50% full. But from now until Sunday, some 90% to 95% of the rooms have been taken up," he said.

However, it is ironic that satay, which is the main attraction in the area, has not seen a similar increase in sales.

Sate Kajang Hj Samuri manager Zohar Md Nor said his satay business was the same like any other day.

He felt this could be due to the many stalls opened around ceramah locations, including the Kajang stadium, which provided the people more alternative places to eat. -Sundaily

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