Brisk trade: A crowded scene at Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman in this file picture during Ramadan.
PETALING JAYA: Bazaar traders and restaurant owners are bracing themselves for a sweltering Ramadan month.
Bazaar operators are also concerned that they might have to experience water rationing, thus affecting their business.
A trader, who only wished to be known as Mahmud, said the heat and the possibility of irregular water supply were giving him anxious moments.
“If there is water rationing, the customers will be concerned as they would wonder about our source of water supply,” said the 40-something Mahmud who runs a stall near Segambut, selling drinks and traditional cakes.
His concerns were echoed by the owner of a Thai restaurant in Ampang.
Known only by one name, Analiza, 24, said it would be a problem if water rationing was prolonged.
Analiza, who was born in Thailand but is now a Malaysian citizen, said that “emergency water tanks” had been installed at the restaurant.
“I am also concerned about the haze. We have regular customers but with the haze, it is going to be a problem for business,” said Analiza, who inherited the restaurant from her parents.
It is not just the business community that is bothered by the spectre of disrupted water supply.
A housewife who only wanted to be known as Madam Kay said she was constantly on edge about it.
“After the last incident, my family and I will make sure we store water in the event there is rationing again without warning,” said Madam Kay, 50, who is married with two children.