Back to square one: Tan and his daughter Tan Jee Cheng, 21, reading Chinese New Year cards in his house in Kuantan. The new cabinet in the background was the only piece of furniture he acquired after his previous purchases were damaged by floods. Looking on is Tan’s friend Wang Swee Fock.
KUANTAN: The severe floods here last month was a lesson for businessman Tan Hong Kon, 50, not to prepare too early for the Chinese New Year.
Tan had set aside some of his profits to purchase new items for the Chinese New Year back then.
He got new sofa sets, a TV and refrigerator, but three days later on Dec 3, his house in Taman Cenderawasih was inundated by severe floods.
“My new sofa set and some other furniture were damaged after being submerged for days. My wife’s car, which was parked in the porch, was also damaged. We also had to stay in my friend’s house,’’ he added.
When the situation returned to normal after four days, Tan and family returned to their home.
“My house was a big mess. I had to dump all the destroyed items, except for the refrigerator,’’ he lamented.
Come Chinese New Year on Friday, Tan said he planned to celebrate “with whatever that I have left”.
Tan said he had planned to travel outside Pahang but because of financial constraints, he would celebrate it at home.
He said the floods were worse than the one he had experienced in 2001.
“I had to spend RM5,000 to repair my wife’s car,’’ he added.
Tan said he still felt lucky because his shop in Bukit Sekilau was spared the floods.